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Midlife Fitness Reduces Risk of Dementia

Researchers at the Cooper Institute in Dallas found that people who have the highest cardiorespiratory fitness levels during midlife are less likely to develop dementia in their later years, regardless of a history of stroke. Laura F. DeFina, MD, and colleagues report in Annals of Internal Medicine that among about 20,000 individuals who participated in the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, those who had the highest scores on a treadmill test had a lower risk of developing dementia after age 65, compared to those who got the lowest scores. For the study, the participants’ Medicare records were examined to determine diagnoses […]

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Mayo Clinic researchers in Rochester, Minnesota report that a balanced intake of calories derived from carbohydrates, protein and fat is important to maintain optimal mental function in the elderly. A high carbohydrate diet may increase their risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mental decline while a high fat and protein diet may lower this risk. Author Rosebud O. Roberts, MD, ChB, an epidemiologist at Mayo Clinic believes that a balance in the intake of these macronutrients plays an important role in brain function, although this concept is not yet very clear. The study which was recently published in the […]

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