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Reducing dementia risk

Reducing dementia risk with physical activity

Over the years, studies have found that staying active can boost mind function and energy, decreasing the risk of dementia. Physical activity “improves cognitive function in healthy elderly persons, and potentially reduces the risk of developing cognitive impairment,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Agility training that requires learning skills like memory and concentration, are especially helpful for individuals with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Having a personal trainer help you with your physical training can be a great asset in the quest for a healthy body and a healthy mind . A regular fitness programme will keep you and your mind active for longer and can be lots of fun ! Reducing dementia risk can be easy.

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Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index and how to improve it

You can get an idea of whether you are obese, overweight, or of normal weight by figuring out your body mass index (BMI). BMI is a number calculated from your weight and height. Women with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 are considered overweight. Women with a BMI of 30 or more are considered obese. All adults (aged 18 years or older) with a BMI of 25 or higher are considered at risk for serious health problems. These health risks increase as your BMI rises. Your doctor or nurse can help you figure out your BMI, or you can use this online BMI calculator  from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  •     Heart disease
  •     Stroke
  •     High blood pressure
  •     Unhealthy cholesterol levels
  •     Type 2 diabetes
  •     Metabolic syndrome
  •     Colon cancer
  •     Breast cancer
  •     Falls
  •     Depression

Regular activity can help prevent unhealthy weight gain and also help with weight loss, when combined with lower calorie intake. If you are overweight or obese, losing weight can lower your risk for many diseases. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea (breathing problems while sleeping), and some cancers.

Regular physical activity can also improve your cardiorespiratory (heart, lungs, and blood vessels) and muscular fitness. For older adults, activity can improve mental function.

Physical activity may also help:

  •     Improve functional health for older adults
  •     Reduce waistline size
  •     Lower risk of hip fracture
  •     Lower risk of lung cancer
  •     Lower risk of endometrial cancer
  •     Maintain weight after weight loss
  •     Increase bone density
  •     Improve sleep quality

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