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Large-Scale, Long-Term Studies Support Roles Of Physical Activity And Diet In Dementia And Cognitive Decline

Posted Jul 14 2010 9:01am

Medical News Today

Evidence from three long-term, large-scale studies supports the association of physical activity and certain dietary elements (tea, vitamin D) with possibly maintaining cognitive ability and reducing dementia risk in older adults, according to new research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease 2010 (AAICAD 2010) in Honolulu, HI.

Plus, a new study in an animal model of Alzheimer’s reported today at AAICAD 2010 suggests that an antioxidant-rich diet with walnuts may benefit brain function.

“Research has pointed us towards a number of factors that may impact our risk of Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline, the strongest being reducing cardiovascular risk factors,” said William Thies, PhD, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at the Alzheimer’s Association. “The Alzheimer’s Association and others have repeatedly called for longer-term, larger-scale research studies to clarify the roles that these factors play in the health of the aging brain.”

“These are some of the first reports of this type in Alzheimer’s, and that is encouraging, but it is not yet definitive evidence,” Thies continued. “Longitudinal studies and clinical trials are expensive, and I’m deeply concerned that the trials we need will not happen because of the chronic underfunding of Alzheimer research by the federal government.”

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