Exercise Can Cut Your Risk Of Developing Dementia By Almost 90 Percent, If You’re Female

Here is yet another reason for gym bunnies to feel smug: exercise may be the best way to stave off dementia.

Research published in the journal Neurology found that middle-aged women with high physical fitness were 88 percent less likely than those with moderate physical fitness to develop the neurodegenerative disease. Meanwhile, those that did developed it much later than their less active peers.

“These findings are exciting because it’s possible that improving people’s cardiovascular fitness in middle age could delay or even prevent them from developing dementia,” study author Helena Hörder, from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, said in a statement.

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