Surprising Result Finding Exercise May Make Dementia Symptoms Worse

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Exercise has long been shown to keep people healthy and often advised to promote mental health. However, in certain circumstances, this may not be correct and exercise may actually be harmful. Researchers from Oxford University sought to find if an exercise program would be beneficial to people with mild dementia. 494 people living with dementia were placed into two groups, those who received normal care and those who also participated in an exercise program twice a week and prescribed a home workout once a week. The exercise group showed improved physical fitness, but unfortunately, also showed more cognitive decline than the control group. Although the decline was small in comparison, it is statistically significant and warns that this particular form of exercise should be avoided if you have been diagnosed with dementia. That is to say, exercise is still beneficial for most people, and moderate forms of exercise such as walking were not evaluated which can still be good for people living with dementia.
SOURCE: The Telegraph; May 16, 2018; https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/05/16/surprising-study-suggests-exercise-may-make-dementia-worse/
AUTHOR: Sarah Knapton
DATE RETRIEVED: May 18, 2018

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