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More Evidence That Exercise May Keep The Brain Sharp

(HealthDay News) Older adults who keep active may be helping to reduce their odds of losing their mental abilities, two new studies suggest…
Dr. Eric B. Larson…, author of an accompanying journal editorial, commented that the association between physical activity and mental ability probably had to do with overall vascular health.
"As we get older, our brains are probable less able to withstand stress," he said. But exercise improves vascular health, he added.
Larson thinks the benefits of exercise on mental ability can accrue even if one starts exercising later in life. "There may be even more benefit, because your state is more risky," he said. "Just keeping up walking for an older person is a huge benefit."
Even after dementia has started, exercise can be a benefit, Larson said. "Walking once, twice or four times a week with a caregiver leads to a better outcome and a happier person," he said.
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