Washington: Maintaining physical fitness through middle age could go a long way in keeping dementia at bay, a new study suggests.The study found that middle-aged adults who were in shape were significantly less likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer`s disease by the time they reached 65 compared to their unfit counterparts.The new research adds evidence for an effective way to avoid a disease that currently cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. About 5.3 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer`s disease, according to federal estimates, and by the 2050, that number is expected to at least double. Alzheimer`s is the sixth-leading U.S. cause of death, killing almost 84,000 Americans each year."Alzheimer disease and other types of dementia (all-cause dementia) are important public health problems, particularly in light of the aging population," the researchers, led by Dr. Laura DeFina, medical director of research at The Cooper Institute in Dallas write.
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