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Exercise may lower Alzheimer’s risk by reducing inflammation

New research shows how exercise helps protect cognition in older people by reducing inflammation. Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

(Deep Shukla/ Medical News Today) — A decline in certain cognitive abilities, such as memory and attention, is typical with aging. However, some individuals may experience dementia, which involves a severe decrease in cognitive abilities that impair daily functioning.

Studies show that individuals who exercise regularly have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and all-cause dementia. Moreover, physical activity can slow down the progression of cognitive decline.

Scientists do not fully understand the mechanisms through which physical activity produces these cognitive benefits in humans. (…)