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Pharma drug, Aricept is the only medication approved by the FDA that works in fighting off the effects of Alzheimer’s in all of its stages. This makes it the most commonly used drug to treat of the disease. However, researchers have recently discovered that walking six miles a week may decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 50%. If so, walking may decrease the need for the drug; six miles a week translates to just over three-fourths a mile per day.
Walking May Decrease Need for a Pharma Drug
According to medical researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, “In cognitively normal adults, walking 6 miles a week instead of being sedentary was associated with a 50% reduction in Alzheimer’s risk over 13 years.” An irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly degrades memory and thought skills, Alzheimer’s may not be cured with walking but it may be slowed. Not all people with MCI – or mild cognitive impairment – go on to develop Alzheimer’s. But the same research showed that walking just five miles a week delayed the advancement of MCI by 50% as well.
However, walking more than 72 city blocks – or approximately six miles – per week, provides no greater benefit than walking the approximate five to six miles per week. Walking appears to preserve brain volume and so preserves brain cells, and subsequently brain functioning. It appears that as walking can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, then the need for the pharma drug, Aricept may be reduced in the future.