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'Few' know exercise cuts dementia risk

03 September 2015 09:23

Exercise may reduce the chances of people getting dementia

Exercise may reduce the chances of people getting dementia

Nearly two in three UK people do not know that regular physical activity can lower their chances of getting dementia.

The Alzheimer's Society says that few things help cut the risk as much as exercise.

Yet a society-commissioned poll of over 5,000 adults finds that around two thirds of people (64%) are unaware of this fact.

The poll finds:

- nearly one in seven (14%) people shun physical activity altogether

- under one in five (18%) adhere to NHS guidelines advising them to take upwards of 150 minutes every week cycling, walking or doing other moderately intense exercise

- South West and North West people are the most active with 20% following the NHS advice

- West Midlands people are the least active with 14% sticking to the guidelines

- less than one in five admit to doing under half an hour's exercise every week

- 85% claim they realise that physical activity can make their general fitness better, as well as helping them keep a healthy way of life


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What the expert says...

Alzheimer's Society research manager Clare Walton says few things are better for lowering people's risk of getting dementia as frequent exercise.

Despite this, she says that several respondents are unaware that this is the case.

Ms Walton advises dementia patients to strive to remain physically active since it can lead to better circulation, improved sleep, lower stress and other health benefits.

Around 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Society.