Toronto: Women, who are physically active as a teenager or in mid and later life, face lower risk of cognitive impairment in late-life compared to those who are inactive, says a new study of over 9,000 women.There is growing evidence to suggest that such people have lower chance of dementia and more minor forms of cognitive impairment in old age.However, there is a poorer understanding of the importance of early life physical activity and the relative importance of physical activity at different ages.
Conversely, being physically active at age 30 and age 50 was not significantly associated with rates of cognitive impairment in those women who were already physically active at teenage, says a Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre release.Middleton added: "As a result, to minimise the risk of dementia, physical activity should be encouraged from early life. Not to be without hope, people who were inactive at teenage can reduce their risk of cognitive impairment by becoming active in later life."IANS
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