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Cardiovascular Exercise May Help Reduce Dementia Risk

Posted on February 14, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The benefits of cardiovascular exercise can be felt throughout the body, even in your mind!

Researchers at the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas recently released the findings of their Cooper Center Longitudinal Study which followed the health of nearly 20,000 participants in a long-term review. The participants, all of whom were considered middle-aged, were evaluated for cardiorespiratory fitness. Those in the highest quintile of fitness in their 50s were found to be 36 percent less likely to develop dementia than those in the lowest quintile.

While the study, reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found an association between higher fitness in midlife years and lower risk of dementia later in life, it did not prove that the risk of developing dementia was directly reduced by cardiovascular exercise. Still, the results of the study are encouraging.

Overall Health Improves Mental Health

Studies such as these do not mean every older adult should go out and start jogging to avoid developing dementia. However, it is a reminder that your cardiovascular health plays an important role in your general health, both physical and mental.

Cardiorespiratory fitness has been found to reduce the risk factors for many disabling conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. While there are many theories on reducing the risk for certain disabling conditions, many focus on having a generally healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a healthy diet.

But even with an optimally healthy lifestyle, many Americans suffer from disabling conditions that impair them from performing substantial gainful activity. When this occurs, Social Security disability benefits may be an option to supplement the lost earning potential of a disabled person. To learn more about your options for benefits, contact the Disability Help Group for help with your claim. Call 1-(800)-800-3332.