HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Good physical function linked to Alzheimer's delay

SEATTLE--The first signs of dementia--including Alzheimer's disease--may be physical, rather than mental, according to a joint study between Group Health Cooperative and the University of Washington reported in the May 22 Archives of Internal Medicine.

This study followed 2,288 Group Health members age 65 and older for six years. At the start, none showed any signs of dementia or Alzheimer's disease. The researchers contacted the participants every two years, assessing physical and mental functioning. By six years, 319 participants had developed dementia, including 221 with Alzheimer's disease. The participants whose physical function was higher at the start of the study were three times less likely to develop dementia than were those whose physical function was lower.

"Everyone had expected the earliest signs of dementia would be subtle cognitive changes," said Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, director of Group Health Center for Health Studies. "We were surprised to find that physical changes can precede declines in thinking." What is considered a brain disease may be intimately connected to physical fitness, he added.

In the study, the first indicators of future dementia appeared to be problems with walking and balance. A weak handgrip may be a later sign of the development of dementia in older people.

The National Institute on Aging supported this study. Coauthors are Li Wang, MS, of the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System; and James D. Bowen, MD, and Gerald van Belle, PhD, of the University of Washington.

In a recent report, in the Annals of Internal Medicine in January 2006, some of these researchers found that when people exercised regularly, they were less likely to develop dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. The cause of this association was not clear, though. This newer study suggests a possible pathway: that regular exercise may help stave off dementia by improving and maintaining physical conditioning.
'"/>

Contact: Rebecca Hughes
hughes.r@ghc.org
206-287-2653
Group Health Cooperative Center for Health Studies
22-May-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Device helps physically disabled turn on computer
2. Older motorists improve driving performance with physical conditioning
3. Low physical activity can improve fitness levels for sedentary, overweight postmenopausal women
4. Chronic family turmoil and other problems cause physical changes
5. General physicals prompt needed cancer screenings
6. Civic engagement keeps aging Americans mentally healthy after physical decline
7. Strenuous physical activity associated with lower breast cancer risk
8. Exercise enhances seniors physical, mental functioning
9. Higher physical activity associated with reduced risk of breast cancer
10. TV viewing and physical inactivity independently associated with metabolic risk in children
11. Exercise helps elderly regain physical function and avoid major disability

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:11/15/2018)... ... November 15, 2018 , ... ... of support thanks to a unique collaboration that puts vital health education resources ... Plan (Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan effective 1/1/19), an affiliate of ...
(Date:11/15/2018)... ... November 15, 2018 , ... The National Cancer Institute estimates that 1.7 million ... primary risk factor for cancer and we typically associate the disease with old age, ... And with aggressive treatment and advanced therapies, increasing numbers of these patients survive their ...
(Date:11/15/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... November 15, 2018 , ... ... latest version of its paperless, web-based eForms solution for hospitals . This ... enables users to launch eForms directly from any of these systems, have patients ...
(Date:11/15/2018)... ... November 15, 2018 , ... ... designated as a UroLift® Center of Excellence. The designation recognizes that Dr. Dehner ... and demonstrated a commitment to exemplary care for men suffering from symptoms associated ...
(Date:11/15/2018)... DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... November 15, 2018 , ... ... Windham, NH and clinical educator for Specialty MED Training will take the ... Vegas, NV happening December 13-15, 2019. Dr. Vuich is leading a CME workshop hosted ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/16/2018)... ... ... Privately operated aerial firefighting companies quickly went into a rapid attack mode on the ... Fire, in Butte County, and the Woolsey and Hill fires in Ventura and Los ... All are still mostly uncontained. , “The successful first response by fixed wing ...
(Date:11/16/2018)... , ... November 16, 2018 , ... ... and innovative Dry Shampoo Collection that quickly refreshes and restores hair between washes. ... collection is comprised of three different products, including an instant drying foam that ...
(Date:11/16/2018)... ... November 16, 2018 , ... Strategic Radiology welcomes ... presence for the nationwide coalition of independent practices. , NVRA is based in ... County. The 13-radiologist subspecialized practice is a member of the Connecticut Imaging Alliance, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: