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Going to the gym and lifting weights may prevent against dementia, new research suggests.
The Finnish study found greater upper and lower body strength was linked to better cognitive function in ageing adults.
Brain - Experts - Decline - Organ - Ability
Keeping the brain healthy while growing older is important, experts warn, as a decline in the organ's ability to process information leads to the debilitating disease.
The latest findings add to evidence that proves the beneficial effects of exercising in staving off dementia.
How was the study carried out?
University of Eastern Finland researchers compared 338 men and women with an average age of 66.
Muscle - Strength - Handgrip - Strength - Body
Their muscle strength was measured through handgrip strength and three lower body exercises - leg extension, leg flexion and leg press.
Upper body strength was also tested through the chest press and seated row for the study published in European Geriatric Medicine.
Association - Body - Muscle - Strength - Function
The association of upper and lower body muscle strength with cognitive function was observed in the study.
However, handgrip strength - something previously used to measure strength - was not associated with cognitive function.
Handgrip - Strength
Handgrip strength is relatively easy and fast to...
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