Regular exercise can improve brain function and may protect against dementia in middle-aged and older adults, with women benefitting almost twice as much as men, according to new research.
The study used longitudinal data to investigate the physical activity behavior and cognitive function of 16,700 Europeans aged between 54 and 75 over 13 years.
Previous studies have followed people over time, but they only investigated the association between physical activity and cognition, says Sabrina Lenzen, a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland School of Economics and Centre for the Business and Economics of Health.
“Similar to other large studies, we used an economic model that took into account several social-economic and lifestyle influencing factors,” Lenzen says.
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