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Alzheimer's Disease

Now you can ‘run’ down the risk of Alzheimer’s

Want to run down the risk of Alzheimer’s? Sure, you can, latest research shows. All you need to do is run 24 kilometers a week. To ward off the threat of this life-threatening neuro-degenerative disease it is critical to preserve the brain’s volume, says Paul Williams, a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif. Exercise helps you do this, especially if it is accompanied by the intake of three or more pieces of fruit daily and cholesterol-lowering drugs.

According to the study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease people who ran more than 24 kms a week were 40 per cent less likely of dying of Alzheimer’s disease. Those who logged from 7.7 to 15.3 miles cut their risk of Alzheimer’s by 25 per cent.

Williams said his findings are inconsistent with the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which says that adults must exercise a minimum of 2.5 hours a week for any benefits. Further, for higher benefits, it recommends five hours of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise with muscle-strengthening activities a week.

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