Fight Chronic Disease with Exercise: New Research Shows it Works

Jul 17 2019 by StrongPath

Today’s most up-to-date headlines on reducing muscle loss as you age and avoiding sarcopenia.

Healthy Lifestyle Can Reduce Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s

New research from Rush University in Chicago shows people who followed four of five specific healthy behaviors had a greater chance of lowering their risk of Alzheimer’s dementia by 60 percent compared to those who didn’t. One behavior: moderate to vigorous exercise 150 minutes per week. That, combined with a few other good habits like a healthy diet, and easing up on the alcohol, will help keep this age-related disease from affecting older adults according to a report by an NBC affiliate. To read the full report click here.

Want to Fight Chronic Disease as You Age? Start Walking

Walking 9,000 steps a day can make a significant difference in how quickly Alzheimer’s progresses in older adults. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that being physically active daily helps protect against the declines experienced with Alzheimer’s. The study showed that optimal results were seen when participants did 8,900 steps a day, but positive results revealed themselves in those just getting started and doing fewer. The greatest benefits were seen in those who had higher levels of physical activity, according to the study. To read the full report click here.

Heart Disease is Impacting Younger People—Know How to Lower Your Risk

When you think heart disease you might think: older adults. But a confluence of health issues, what doctors are calling “clustering of risk factors,” like obesity, high blood pressure, and other factors, is putting more and more young people—as young as 34, at risk. And the number of cases is rising—one report shows 6.2 million adults in the United States suffered heart failure in recent years, up from 5.7 million five years earlier. A story in Heathline reports that lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise are key to lowering the risk of heart disease, and that prevention is imperative. To read the full report click here.

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