HOW TO REDUCE THE RISK OF DEMENTIA IN OLD AGE
If you have reached middle age and aren’t active, then you run the risk of getting dementia.
We’ve talked about the benefit of physical activity 1000 times, but it isn’t that simple.
New British studies are showing that high blood pressure in middle age and an inactive lifestyle increase the chances of dementia and early death.
Dementia in old age may happen anyway, but we’re talking about probability here.
What do they mean by “high blood pressure”? You’d be surprised – a systolic reading of 130 or more among 50-year-olds.
But do many people reach less than 130 if they aren’t hypotensive?
Persistent British scientists believe there is a connection between even slightly elevated blood pressure and future dementia because of unnoticed micro-strokes.
A bold hypothesis. But it’s unclear if the relationship is causal, or which causes which.
In addition, “such a connection was not found among people that have reached 60 to 70 years.”
PHYSICAL WEAKNESS AND THE RISK OF Dementia and EARLY DEATH
The weaker you are in old age, the more you get injured. But it turns out there’s a connection between weakness in youth and premature death.
It’s believed that you’re weak if have 3 of the following:
weight loss (if only!)
little physical activity
Scientists believe that with all other things being equal (smoking, alcohol, poverty), physically weak men from 37 to 45 have a risk of premature death 2.5 times higher than that of physically fit men of the same age.
The same is true of other age groups – 45-55, 55-65, 65-73.
An important discovery.
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