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Exercise A Defense Against Dementia: Study

Symptom Checker: Your Guide to Symptoms & Signs: Pinpoint Your Pain Sign Up for MedicineNet Newsletters! MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Here's another reason to get into shape: Physical activity may reduce the risk of dementia -related death, according to a new study. Researchers assessed the health of more than 45,000 Max Workouts for men men and nearly Max Workouts reviews 15,000 women, ages 20 to 88 years, in the United States and grouped them into one of three fitness categories -- low, middle or high. After an average follow-up of 17 years, about 4,050 participants died. Of those deaths, 164 were attributed to dementia (72 vascular dementia and 92 Alzheimer's disease ). Of those 164 deaths, 123 of the people were in the low-fitness group, 23 were in the middle-fitness group, and 18 were in the high-fitness group. People in the high- and medium-fitness groups had less than half the risk of dying as those in the low-fitness group, the researchers concluded. The study appears in the February issue of the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
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