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If this were a drug, we would be giving it to all our patients

That’s a quote from the lead researcher on a recent study about postponing a type of dementia known as frontotemporal dementia (FTD), which alas is not the florists’ delivery service but a type of dementia that tends to hit people between the ages of 45 and 65.

And to that quote, let me add this: If it were a drug, all the patients would take it.

Sadly, it’s not a drug, it’s exercise that this research concluded is a significantly effective weapon to delay the onset of FTD – this was done by comparing people at high risk for FTD (it runs in families) and the conclusion was pretty clear: those who did more exercise were at lower risk of FTD during the study period.

Sadly, though, no matter how convincing the evidence is that we – all of us – really should be doing more exercise than we are doing, and that is true whether or not dementia runs in our families, I know that very few people will take that warning to heart.

If it were a pill, though . . .