Yesterday Age UK published a summary of a report by the Global Council on Brain Health that has concluded that:
- Physical activity has a positive impact on brain health
- People who participate in purposeful exercise show beneficial changes in brain structure and function
- People who lead a physically active lifestyle have a lower risk of cognitive decline
They stopped short however of stating that physical activity can reduce the risk of brain diseases that cause dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, concluding that so far there is not yet sufficient evidence. If you want to learn more about this report see:
The other report that has come out this week that has received a lot of publicity, was in relation to the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), suggestion that everyone over the age of one needs to consume 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day in order to protect bone and muscle health. The BBC report is quite sensible about this and contains the link allowing you to access the full report for yourself. You can find it at:
Its also worth highlighting the NICE advice on this who have previously said that the following groups are at particular risk of Vitamin D deficiency:
- Children and babies
- Pregnant women
- People with darker skin, including many people from African, Caribbean and Asian backgrounds
- People who don’t get much exposure to the sun, such as those who cover up their skin for most of the year
- People who are housebound.
In other words, substantial numbers of older people, if not them all! For the NICE advice go to their guideline PH56 at: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph56 and note that it is due to be updated in November this year.