It’s no secret that exercise comes with dozens of health benefits. It keeps the brain, heart, and all other organs functioning optimally. Exercise doesn’t only do wonders for a particular age bracket. It can be of assistance in keeping one healthy regardless of how old one is provided the right regime is chosen.
That said, a new study reveals that older adults may be able to benefit from regimented exercise. Accordingly, aerobic exercise can help reverse the decline of cognitive functionality in people who are on average 65 years old.
What Does This New Study Reveal?
A new research conducted at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC which has been published in the Neurology journal says that aerobic exercise can show a decrease in the symptoms of mild cognitive impairment.
As part of this study 160 older adults who were around 65 years of age were examined. These individuals had symptoms of MIC and even cardiovascular risk factors. As part of the research, their diet and physical activity routines were altered to check the impacts of both on their mental capabilities.
These people were divided into 4 groups. The first one did aerobic exercise. The second went for the DASH diet. The third tried both exercise and the DASH diet while the fourth group only got educational phone calls regarding their health.
After 6 months the brain activity of the participants was assessed and compared to their cognitive skills from their baseline assessment. The outcome showed that the third group which followed both the DASH diet and exercised experienced an improvement in their executive functioning.
What Is Mild Cognitive Impairment?
Mild cognitive impairment refers to the decline in cognitive abilities in the departments of memory, judgement, thinking, and language. Mild cognitive impairment differs from the decrease in mental functionality as one ages as it is more severe. However, it is not as severe as dementia and its types.
Although, it must be noted that MIC raises the risks of Alzheimer’s and other such neurological concerns. It typically impacts those who are aged 65 and plus. MIC is bad but not so much so that it interferes in one’s daily life. While it can worsen with time, it can also get better.
MIC can also be associated by mood-related disorders such as anxiety and depression. It can also make one apathetic, aggressive, and irritable. Among other risk factors, lack of physical activity can also lead to MIC. Obesity, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol also up the risks of developing MIC.
MIC is a mental condition that develops with age and is characterized by cognitive decline. It can also increase the risks of dementia. A new research shows that symptoms of mild cognitive impairment can be reduced with 6 months of regular aerobic exercise along with following the DASH diet.