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“Here’s a terrifying statistic: The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease will increase 40% in the next 12 years, according to a projection from the Alzheimer’s Association. But there’s one simple (free!) measure you take to ward off dementia’s brain-wasting effects: exercise.
Dementia may not be an inevitable part of aging—in fact, well into late adulthood, the brain has the remarkable ability to continue to grow rather than atrophy,” says Kirk Erickson, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, who presented his brain research findings at the International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain held this summer.
Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, by as much as 50%. That’s according to more than a decade of research in the U.S. and abroad, says Dr. Erickson, who published a 2012 review of studies that involved thousands of participants in Archives of Medical Research.”