Exercise can help ward off dementia for women – while men need more brain training

Exercise can help you avoid dementia — but only if for woman, a new study finds.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) found that data showing that taking a brisk walk, cycling or even playing golf can help avoid mental decline in old age could only be applicable to women.

They believe that this may be because of the ‘type’ of exercise people engage in, with older women more likely to take part in group exercises that their male counterparts.

Cognitive exercise is valuable for all, researchers found, with both sexes able to slow aging by up to 13 years by taking part in mental activities including reading, playing bingo and attending classes.

Read more at the Daily Mail