Researchers have found that how FAST you walk is a surprisingly reliable predictor of whether or not you’ll be facing Alzheimer’s disease in the future. Elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment coupled with a noticeably slow gait were two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s within 12 years compared to their peers, also suffering with mild cognitive impairment but who walked at a normal pace.
Researchers believe a simple gait test could one day become an acceptable way to help diagnose Alzheimer’s. That may be true, but I think as usual the mainstream is missing an important clue… one about prevention.
A few years ago, research showed that Alzheimer’s risk was significantly higher in people with a family history of the disease who also tended to live sedentary lives.
Another study also found that walking just five miles per week also protected patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s from losing brain volume.
When brain volume goes, it doesn’t come back.
In that same study, patients who walked those five weekly miles also had a much slower decline in memory loss.
It’s a pretty clear equation: more walking = more brain volume = more memory.
And this brings us to the last piece of this puzzle. Whenever you exercise — even mild exercise like walking — you also increase your exercise capacity. But if you get little or no movement, at some point you just don’t have the capacity to get up and exert yourself anymore. And when that door closes, you’re very likely to develop that slow, difficult gait we talked about earlier.
It all comes back to that old adage: Use it or lose it. But in this case, if you fail to keep moving, you’ll not only lose your ability to get around, you’ll likely lose your memory too!
So this new study is right on the money. And it’s a wakeup call for millions of elderly patients: It’s time to lace up those walking shoes and start walking. Your brain depends on it.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Way You Walk Can Reveal If You’re Getting Alzheimer’s, newsmaxhealth.com