Monday, July 14, 2014

Scientists say that 20 minutes of exercise three times a week can cut Alzheimers risk

Several members of my family suffered from some degree of dementia as they approached or passed the age of eighty. This has often been extremely distressing both for the person with this condition and for those who love him or her. One person close to me is now in a home with full-blown Alzheimers, and what this has done to her is so sad that I am unable to find adequate words for it.

So I take very seriously the research by Cambridge scientists which suggests that better exercise could seriously reduce the risk of contracting the condition.

NHS guidelines recommend that we should all take two and a half hours of exercise per week, and that doesn't have to mean something massivley heavy like lifting half our body weight or running - walking or gardening counts. It is suggested that 20 miutes of moderate exercise three times a week is enough to deliver significant benefits.

Something for all of us to think about.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow. Leading a healthy lifestyle is good for you.

Chris Whiteside said...

Indeed, which is neither new nor surprising.

But the strength of the benefit in terms of reducing Alzheimers risk is both new, and interesting.