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Fitness And Dementia; Smarter PSA Testing For Prostate Cancer: Annals Of Internal Medicine Feb. 5, 2013

Main Category: Alzheimer’s / Dementia
Also Included In: Prostate / Prostate Cancer
Article Date: 06 Feb 2013 – 0:00 PST

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1. Being Physically Fit Earlier in Life May Lower Risk for Dementia Later in Life

Having a higher fitness level at midlife seems to be associated with lower hazards of developing Alzheimer disease and other types of dementia later in life. Between 1970 and 2009, researchers at a community health clinic utilized an exercise treadmill test to assess the baseline fitness levels of 19,458 non-elderly, community-dwelling adults who were in generally good health. The researchers reviewed Medicare data for the patients who became eligible to receive benefits between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2009 to assess the association between objectively measured midlife fitness levels and development of all-cause dementia in advanced age. A diagnosis of all-cause dementia was defined as at least one inpatient, skilled-nursing facility, home health agency, hospital outpatient, or physician or supplier claim with any diagnosis code corresponding with Alzheimer disease, senile dementia, and presenile dementia among persons having at least three years of Medicare coverage. Four codes corresponding with vascular dementia were also included. The researchers documented the presence or absence of dementia in all living patients at ages 70, 75, 80, and 85. They found that patients who were physically fit earlier in life were much less likely to develop

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