Alzheimer’s can happen to anyone, cautions Richard Dover, Knoxville. And while it cannot be cured, it can be prevented. There are many studies that prove exercise can delay or prevent this dreaded disease. In fact, according to Richard Dover of Knoxville, one study from the University of Illinois showed that adults who exercise just three days a week for at least 15 minutes, had a 40 percent reduced risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
A study from the University of Western Australia where researchers looked at 170 men and women ages 50 and older, according to Richard Dover, Knoxville, found that respondents reported a decrease in memory but didn’t have dementia. In this study, participants were randomly assigned to two groups. One group engaged in moderate exercise three times per week for six months. The other group was not instructed to exercise. Richard Dover, Knoxville notes that those who exercised had a better memory and cognition at the end of the study; even a year after the intervention stopped.
Members of the Radiological Society of North America found that walking five miles each week can protect the brain’s structure in people with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.
While a cure for Alzheimer’s has yet to be found, Dover is hopeful that at least in the meantime, exercise can certainly alleviate the effects.