Aerobic exercise slows cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease
Cardiovascular exercise training may help slow the decline in brain function seen in Alzheimer's patients, a new review of past research suggests.
Researchers assessed data from 19 studies conducted between 2002 and 2015 that examined the effects of exercise on cognitive ability in 1,145 people at risk of or diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Nearly 90 percent were randomized controlled trials, which are the most reliable type of study.
Most participants were female (71%); the average age was 77. Just over half of the study subjects participated either in an aerobic exercise program, or an aerobic program plus a resistance training intervention. The rest of the study participants received only usual care.
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Written by Mary Gillis for foxnews.com