6 Bulan Latihan Dapat Membalikkan Penurunan Kognitif Ringan

6 Bulan Latihan Dapat Membalikkan Penurunan Kognitif Ringan - New research finds that a 6-month regimen of aerobic exercise can reverse symptoms of mild cognitive impairment in older adults.

Mild cognitive impairment is characterized by a mild loss of cognitive abilities, such as memory and reasoning skills.

While the loss of cognitive abilities is not serious enough to interfere with daily activities, MCI raises the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, 15-20 percent of adults aged 65 and over in the United States have MCI. New research suggests that there might be a way to reverse these age-related cognitive problems.

James A. Blumenthal, Ph.D. - of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC - and colleagues examined the effects of regimented exercise in 160 people aged 65 on average.

6 Bulan Latihan Dapat Membalikkan Penurunan Kognitif Ringan
6 Bulan Latihan Dapat Membalikkan Penurunan Kognitif Ringan

The good news is that light-intensity exercise can also help.

Blumenthal and his team assessed the reasoning and memory skills of the participants both at baseline and 6 months later using cognitive tests, and they measured the participants' cardiorespiratory fitness using treadmill stress tests.

The results are encouraging in that in just 6 months, by adding regular exercise to their lives, people who have cognitive impairments without dementia may improve their ability to plan and complete certain cognitive tasks.

Following 6 months of added exercise, the average score corresponded with those of people who were 84 years old, which equates to a 9-year improvement in executive function.

As Blumenthal cautions, "More research is still needed with larger samples, over longer periods of time to examine whether improvements to thinking abilities continue and if those improvements may be best achieved through multiple lifestyle approaches like exercise and diet."

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