Keeping active helps prevent the onset of dementia, but once the disease has taken hold, working out more does nothing to slow its progress

Moderate to more intense exercise does not help people with dementia and may even make it worse, according to a major study which had hoped to find it slowed down the progress of the disease so that gym sessions could be offered as treatment by the NHS.

Regular exercise and an active life are thought to help prevent or delay dementia, and some small studies have been done in dementia patients with positive results.

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