A study of researchers from Boston Medical Center (USA) determined that the speed at walk can help predict the risk of dementia of a person, after checking that they walk more slowly, they have a higher risk of suffering from this mental disorder.
In this investigation, presented at the meeting of the American Academy of Neurology , tests were applied to more than 2 thousand men and women over 60, as brain scans, while performing exercises speed to walk , of grip strength and the application of cognitive tests, according to the BBC .
The study was carried out for 11 years, at the end of which were obtained as results that 34 people showed signs of dementia.
Also, the researchers found that 70 people presented caerobrovascular disease after measuring the grip force (the force that is printed when closing the fist), during the tests, so it is also a determining factor.
Currently there are several treatments for dementia, but none of them has been able to completely stop the progression of the disease, so gradually, according to age, the patient's quality of life is diminished.
While it is true that one of the signs to prevent dementia is walk slow, you can also start to prevent both the risk of suffering it and the progression of the disease through hike , preferably at a higher speed.
David Lowery, psychologist at the National Health Service of the United Kingdom carries out tests in which the impact of the exercise moderate in the behavior and symptoms of dementia.
"Some of the theories are based on the fact that exercise regulates the cycle of dream and vigil, reduces the stress or perhaps it improves the flow of oxygen to the brain ", explains the expert the specialist.
"Perhaps it is the stimulation itself that is helping the brain to avoid degeneration, which is one of the key factors in dementia."
In this regard, a study of University of Pittsburgh , led by the Dr. Cyrus Raji , seems to confirm this hypothesis, because they confirmed that elderly people with mild cognitive impairment Y alzheimer , who walked 10 km a week (20 min daily), have a bigger brain, better memory and greater cognitive capacity; therefore, lower risk or progression of dementia.
Therefore, the doctor Anne Corbett, from the Alzheimer's Society , explains that to prevent cognitive deterioration and reduce the risk of dementia in elderly stages, it is important to avoid smoking, have a diet balanced, prevent obesity, control the blood pressure Y cholesterol, as well as perform exercise regularly.
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