Lack of muscle found to be a risk factor for dementia

New study shows link between low muscle mass and cognitive decline in the elderly

of people.

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Scientists believe that the regulation of muscle masscan be used to reduce the risk of developing the disease. "In this study, we show for the first time that having low muscle mass is significantly associated with faster cognitive decline and that this association is independent of, among other factors, muscle strength and physical activity level," the researchers noted.

They added that exercise, especially weight training, and a good diet with enough protein can help maintain muscle mass for years to come.