Study looks at how sedentary lifestyle can affect dementia risk

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With cases of dementia on the rise, a new study looks at the effect a sedentary lifestyle may have on the condition.

The CDC estimates that nearly six million people in the United States have dementia. That number is expected to grow to an estimated 14 million by 2060.

However, a new study shows you can take steps to reduce your risk of developing dementia. It looked at sedentary behavior, and studied the difference between passive activities like watching TV, compared to more mentally engaged activities like using a computer.

The study is printed in the August issue of the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” It
found the more active your brain is while sitting, the more likely you are to reduce the chances of developing dementia. Conversely, sitting passively with little brain stimulation increases the risk.

The study did not make physical activity any less important for one’s health.

The takeaway – keep up the exercise. However, when you do have a seat, engage in activities like reading, playing cards or other games that challenge the mind. They are all associated with brain benefits.