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Physical activity and sport as a therapy and preventive measure for neurogenerative diseases

Aug 11, 2021 | Health., Sports.

Medical progress leads to increased life expectancy. Demographic data indicate that every second child born today will live to be 100 years old. With increased life expectancy comes an increase in age-associated diseases. Among others, the cardiovascular system (coronary heart disease, hypertension, …) and the central nervous system (dementia, Parkinson’s disease, …) are affected.

It shows an increase in dementia, a neurodegenerative disease.

Dementia is a generic term for clinical pictures, which are characterized by an impairment of the memory as well as other cognitive abilities. To date, however, there are no causally effective drug therapies for the treatment of dementia. The currently prescribed drugs (e.g.: acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, as well as the NMDA receptor antagonist), can only slow down the progression of the disease. Therefore, non-drug therapies and precautionary (preventive medicine) health approaches are even more important.

The goal is to reduce the risk factors, which includes the compensation of lack of exercise, anti-depressive measures, reduction of overweight, optimized settings of high blood pressure and diabetes. Here, physical activity counts as the most important and ultimately simplest starting point for promoting quality of life and reducing the progression of dementia.

A reduction of lifestyle-related risk factors could reduce the number of dementia cases.In particular, long periods of time before the initial diagnosis (about 20 years) of Alzheimer’s dementia offer a lot of potential for goal setting to change lifestyle, lose weight and gain the desire to exercise regularly.We can help you take small steps to achieve your long-term goals

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Link: https://www.zeitschrift-sportmedizin.de/koerperliche-aktivitaet-und-sport-in-der-praevention-und-therapie-neurodegenerativer-erkrankungen/

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