Computers, Exercise Linked to Lower Mild Cognitive Impairment

Moderate physical exercise combined with computer use late in life is associated with a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The research indicated that while both elements related to lowered risk of MCI, there was an additive interaction that created enhanced value according to Yonas Geda, M.D. who presented the research at the annual meeting of the Academy of Neurology.

A random sample of 926 elderly, ages 70 through 90, completed questionnaires on physical exercise, cognitive activities, and caloric intake during the previous year. All were considered non-demented and the diagnosis of MCI, if appropriate, came later. 817 of the original sample were considered normal cognitively and 109 were diagnosed with MCI.

Significant differences were found between the two groups as the normal subjects were younger, better educated, less likely to suffer depression, and had fewer medical problems. When these factors were controlled, the following was found:

  • Any frequency of moderate exercise was cognitively protective.
  • Any frequency of computer use was cognitively protective.
  • Caloric intake was deleterious.

When caloric intake was controlled, physical exercise and computer use had an additive interaction that was significant. For purposes of this study, computer use seemed to have more value than other cognitive enhancing activities such as reading

This study adds to other research that demonstrates brain health promoting effects of computer use with physical exercise.

4 thoughts on “Computers, Exercise Linked to Lower Mild Cognitive Impairment”

  1. I can totally believe these results. If you read a book your on the same subject for as many pages as there are. On the internet you can go through many different subjects in a short time stimulating the brain anew with each one.

  2. An interesting discussion here may be worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not certainly be a taboo subject but generally consumers are not enough to chat on such topics. To the next. Cheers

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