As per the new guidelines released by the American Academy of Neurology, the thinking ability and memory in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) can be improved by exercising twice in a week.
MCI is a medical condition which gets common with ageing. Even though it is linked with problems related with thinking ability and memory, it is not similar to dementia. The people with MCI have milder symptoms. People with dementia have trouble related to their daily tasks like eating, bathing and dressing. On the other hand, people with MCI face issues to complete complex tasks or may have a difficulty to understand what they read. But, there are strong evidences that MCI can further lead to dementia, the researchers said.
There are more than six per cent people aged in their 60s and over 37 per cent people aged 85 or above that have MCI all across the world.
The level of exercise that you do should be enough to burn out a bit of sweat but it does need to be so rigorous that you cannot interact with a person comfortably.
Lead author Ronald C. Petersen, MD at the Mayo Clinic said that regular exercise has long been shown to bring about heart health benefits, and now we can say exercise may also help to improve the memory for people that have mild cognitive impairment. He further said that exercising may also help to slow down the rate at which a person would progress from mild cognitive impairment to dementia.
As per the guidelines, the doctors must suggest people with MCI to exercise at least twice a week as a part of an overall approach to managing their symptoms, which may also help to improve the memory.
The guidelines, which are published in the journal Neurology, were developed after six-months studies, which should that twice-weekly workouts might help to improve their memory and delay memory problems in people with MCI.