Published in the journal ‘Neurology’, a meta-analysis that included 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 overall leisure activities were associated with a lower risk of neurodegenerative diseases. were added. disease.
Those who engaged in leisure activities had a 17 percent lower risk of developing dementia than those who did not engage in it.
Mental activity consisted primarily of intellectual activities and included reading or writing for pleasure, watching television, listening to the radio, playing a sport or musical instrument, using a computer, and making crafts.
Researchers from Peking University’s Sixth Hospital in China said people who participated in these activities had a 23 percent lower risk of dementia.
Physical activities included walking, running, swimming, cycling, using exercise machines, playing sports, yoga and dancing. The researchers found that those who participated in these activities had a 17 percent lower risk of dementia.
Social activities primarily refer to activities that involve communication with others and may include attending a class, joining a social club, volunteering, visiting relatives or friends, or engaging in religious activities. Is.
The researchers found that those who participated in these activities had a 7 percent lower risk of dementia.
“This meta-analysis shows that there are benefits to being active, and that there are many activities that are easy to incorporate into daily life that may be beneficial to the brain,” said Lin Lu of Peking.
“Our research found that leisure activities may reduce the risk of dementia. Future studies should include larger sample sizes and longer follow-up times to reveal more associations between leisure activities and dementia,” says Lu. he said.
Study participants were followed for at least three years. During the study, 74,700 people developed dementia.
One limitation of the study was that people reported their own physical and mental activity, so they may not have remembered and reported activities correctly.
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