Two new analyses from a study in a diverse racial US population have added to evidence that good cardiovascular health and physical exercise can slow cognitive decline in later years.

The latest findings come from new analyses of the Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS), a population-based prospective study originally designed to evaluate the effects of various risk factors on the incidence of stroke in a racially/ethnically diverse community cohort.

For the two new analyses, published as two separate papers, researchers from the University of Miami, Florida, and Columbia University, New York, re-examined the data on various risk factors and how they relate to later cognitive function.

In the study of physical activity, published online in Neurology on March 23, individuals who reported low levels of leisure time physical activity in their mid-60s showed greater cognitive decline when assessed several years later compared with those who exercised to a moderate or intense level. The difference in cognitive decline between the two groups was equal to 10 years of aging.

“Our results suggest that for older people, getting regular quite intensive exercise may help them keep their cognitive abilities longer,” senior author, Clinton B. Wright, MD, University of Miami, commented to Medscape Medical News.

He emphasized that they showed a difference between intensive exercise, such as running or swimming, and low level activity such as walking. “To be included in the moderate to intensive group, individuals had to exert themselves — ie, undergo a form of activity that raised their heart rate for more than just a few minutes several times a week.”

He noted that similar findings have been reported before but mostly in mainly white populations. “Our study involved a cohort from Manhattan, which is a real melting pot in terms of race and ethnicity. It is reassuring that we have now found supporting evidence for a positive effect of exercise on later cognitive health in such a diverse population.”  more here

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