If health care provider for patients with mild cognitive impairment suggests exercise rather than medication then don’t be surprised. A new guideline released by the American Academy of Neurology says they should prescribe twice-weekly exercise to people that may improve their thinking ability and memory with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
The latest guidelines are for Mild cognitive impairment is a medical condition that is common with aging. It has relation to thinking ability and memory problems but it is not the same as dementia. Symptoms of MCI include problems with memory, language, thinking, and judgment that are greater than normal age-related changes.
Petersen, lead author of the guideline published in the journal Neurology said that it is very important to diagnose MCI at an earlier stage because it may progress to dementia. Doctors should recommend people with MCI to manage their symptoms by regularly exercising.
The notable thing is there are no US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications for MCI’s treatment, according to the guidelines.
The guideline also suggests that doctors can prescribe cognitive training for people with MCI. The new guidelines’ recommendations are formed by the authors after reviewing all available studies on MCI.
More than six percent of people in their 60s have mild cognitive impairment across the globe. More than 37 percent of people aged 85 and older have it, according to the American Academy of Neurology.
Dr. Petersen states, “We need not look at aging as a passive process; we can do something about the course of our aging,” he says. “So if I’m destined to become cognitively impaired at age 72, I can exercise and push that back to 75 or 78. That’s a big deal.”