Brett Arends’s ROI: One habit can triple your risk of getting dementia within 7 years. Here’s what not to do.

by | Sep 16, 2023 | Stock Market

If you want to lower your risk of getting Alzheimer’s or some other type of dementia, turn off the TV and step away from the internet. Get off your rear end and go do something. That’s not me talking. That’s science. A new study of people 60 and older has found that sitting around for more than 10 hours a day may drastically — and quickly— raise your risk of getting dementia.

Seniors who were sedentary for 12 hours a day were 63% more likely to develop dementia within about seven years than those who sat for nine and a quarter hours or less, the researchers found. And those who loafed for 15 hours a day were a stunning 220% more likely to develop dementia during that short period. So, really. Get off the sofa. The findings were based on a massive study of nearly 50,000 people, none of whem had signs of dementia at the start. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of Arizona.  “There was a significant nonlinear association between time spent in sedentary behavior and incident dementia,” the researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Among older adults, more time spent in sedentary behaviors was significantly associated with higher incidence of all-cause dementia.” While there seemed to be little e …

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