Can you reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia just by getting out and walking more?
Yes, more steps can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease according to a study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, each additional 1,865 daily steps was associated with a 33 percent lower risk of mild cognitive impairment or dementia among women aged 65 or older.
Senior women were less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment or dementia if they did more daily walking and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, according to a new study led by the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at University of California San Diego.
The researchers found that higher amounts of sitting and prolonged sitting were not associated with a higher risk of mild cognitive impairment or dementia.
Therefore, older adults can be encouraged to increase their movement of at least moderate intensity and take more steps each day for a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia.