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Walking, Good Diet Prevent Dementia

By Sarah Pollak
CBN News Reporter

September 22, 2004
 
 
 

CBN.com (CBN News) - New studies show it is never too late to be
healthy. Moderate exercise and a good diet can ward off a slew of
age-related problems.
One of the best ways to ward off Alzheimer's Disease may be walking
regularly.

Dr. Jennifer Weuve, from the Harvard School of Public Health, said,
"Better memory, learning and attention may be achieved by walking as
little as two to three hours per week."

New studies show that does not necessarily mean you have to power walk
to feel the benefits. But taking a stroll at age 70 and beyond can help
keep the mind sharp.

Another new study published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association says that walking can even help stave off dementia,
especially for older women.

Dr. Weuve said, "This is good news, because walking is a relatively easy
way for people to preserve their learning, memory and attention."

Another study says the benefits of a Mediterranean diet, rich in fish,
olive oil, fruits and vegetables, extend well into old age, increasing
longevity even in men and women in their 70s, 80s and 90s.

The Dutch study found that people in that age range who combined a
Mediterranean diet with exercise, no smoking and only moderate alcohol
use were 65 percent less likely to die over a 10-year period.

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