How does regular exercise affect my risk for developing dementia?

Regular exercise has been shown to decrease your risk for developing dementia. It is recommended that you exercise at least 30 minutes at moderate intensity several times per week. Not only will the exercise benefit your mind, but it will also reduce your risk for developing obesity, cardiac disease and diabetes.
Physical activity and exercise has been shown to reduce the risk for developing dementia. Not only does exercise strengthen muscles, it improves heart and lung function, helps prevent osteoporosis and improves mood and overall well-being. From animal studies to epidemiological studies and human clinical trials, evidence is mounting to suggest physical activity and exercise can affect brain functioning.

In animal studies, exercise has been shown to increase the number of blood vessels and capillaries that supply the brain and improve learning and memory. In humans, high levels of physical activity have been associated with reduced risk of cognitive decline and risk of dementia. Brisk walking in particular has been shown to reduce risk of developing dementia. 

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