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A new systematic review looking at perimenopausal physical activity and the risk of dementia

Mature women leading a healthy and active lifestyle

ISEH and UCL Associate Professor, Dr Flaminia Ronca, led a systematic review together with Dr Niall Simmons and Dr Miguel Rodriguez Ruiz, whereby they analysed research with their aim of gaining key insights and further understanding surrounding the link between Perimenopausal physical activity and the risk of dementia.

There are some limitations in existing literature when examining the link between physical activity and dementia risk, as this is primarily represented by studies on mixed-sex populations. However, since menopause appears to contribute to females’ increased risk of cognitive decline when compared to males, a separate consideration of indicators of physical activity and risk of late-life dementia, especially of women in the perimenopausal period, needs more clear understanding.