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    Being fit would reduce the risk of dementia

    Being fit would reduce the risk of dementia

    Good physical fitness, even acquired late in life, appears to significantly reduce the risk of developing dementia, according to a new Norwegian study published by Lancet Public Health. 

    These results are based on the analysis of responses provided by approximately 30,000 individuals in a large health survey.

    According to researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the risk of dementia was 40% lower for those who were among the 80% of the most fit subjects.

    In addition, subjects whose physical form went from "bad" to "good" during the ten years of the study reduced their risk of dementia by almost half.

    Since subjects averaged 60 years old at the start of the study, this seems to show that even those who waited longer for their lives to get in shape have benefited.

    The risk of death from dementia, or dementia, was lowest in the most fit subjects. This risk was reduced by 28% among those whose fitness had changed from "bad" to "good".

    Some 150 million people could suffer from dementia around the world in 2050, three times more than today. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia.

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