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Mens Alzheimers Risk Lowered with Active Lifestyle

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Cognitive and social activity in midlife may significantly reduce men's risk of dementia, say researchers in the medical journal Alzheimers and Dementia.


2009-02-02

From the Yale Medical Group article:

The study followed 147 male twin pairs for 28 years.

Among the twins, higher cognitive activity scores predicted a 26 percent reduction in risk for developing dementia first.

Twins who developed dementia first had significantly lower total cognitive activity scores than twins who did not develop dementia.

The study found that reduced dementia risk was most strongly associated with participation in intermediate novel activities including home and family activities, visiting with friends and relatives, club activities (such as attending parties and playing card games), and home hobbies.

"These activities might be indicative of an enriched environment, which has been shown in animal models to enhance the creation of new brain cells and promote brain repair," notes study author Michelle C. Carlson, Ph.D., at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Two other categories of cognitive activities - novel and passive receptive - also reduced dementia risk, though not to the same degree as intermediate novel activities.

Novel activities include reading, studying for courses, and extra work (overtime or other employment).

Read the rest of the article at the link


2009-02-02

http://www.yalemedicalgroup.org/news/men_1208.html

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