Reading a Book, Doing Yoga Can Lower Risk of Dementia
Want to cut your risk of developing dementia? Indulging in activities such as reading a book and doing yoga and spending your time with family and friends, suggests a new study.
Published in the journal ‘Neurology’, the meta-analysis involving a review of 38 studies from around the world involving a total of more than 2 million people who did not have dementia revealed that leisure activities overall were linked to a reduced risk of neurodegenerative disease.
Those who engaged in leisure activities had a 17 percent lower risk of developing dementia than those who did not engage in them.
Mental activity mainly consisted of intellectual activities and included reading or writing for pleasure, watching television, listening to the radio, playing games or musical instruments, using a computer, and making crafts.
People who participated in these activities had a 23 percent lower risk of dementia, said researchers at Peking University Sixth Hospital in China.
Physical activities included walking, running, swimming, bicycling, using exercise machines, playing sports, yoga, and dancing. Researchers found that people who participated in these activities had a 17 percent lower risk of dementia.
Social activities mainly referred to activities that involved communication with others and included attending a class, joining a social club, volunteering, visiting with relatives or friends, or attending religious activities.
Researchers found that people who participated in these activities had a 7 percent lower risk of dementia.
The study participants were followed for at least three years. During the studies, 74,700 people developed dementia.
A limitation of the study was that people reported their own physical and mental activity, so they may not have remembered and reported the activities correctly.