Saturday, June 9, 2012
Physical Activity and Alzheimer's
Did you know that your level of activity can impact your risk for developing Alzheimer's? A study of individuals, average age of 82, showed that those in the bottom 10% of intentisy of physical activity were 2.8 times as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease compared to those in the top 10%. An actigraph, a watch-sized device worn on the wrist, was used to measure physical activity. Interestingly, much of the recorded movements came from regular activities of daily living rather than formal exercise. The bottom line? Stay active!