Physical activity and mild cognitive impairment
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Oddział Rehabilitacji Neurologicznej, Wielospecjalistyczny Szpital SP ZOZ w Nowej Soli
Wydział Lekarski i Nauk o Zdrowiu, Uniwersytet Zielonogórski
Oddział Neurologii Pododdział Udarowy, Samodzielny Publiczny Zakład Opieki Zdrowotnej Wojewódzki Szpital Zespolony im. Jędrzeja Śniadeckiego w Białymstoku
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Katarzyna Kot-Bryćko   

Oddział Rehabilitacji Neurologicznej, Wielospecjalistyczny Szpital SP ZOZ w Nowej Soli
Med Og Nauk Zdr. 2017;23(2):129-133
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a heterogeneous clinical syndrome characterizing persons in a group at a high risk of development of dementia. This means age-related weakening of cognitive functions higher than the average, typical of the state between normal and dementia. The clinical image varies according to which cognitive domain is impaired to the greatest degree. Mild cognitive impairment may be the result of degenerative or vascular changes, as well as psychological disorders, injuries, metabolic diseases, etc. According to etiology, in the time perspective, the symptoms may be of a progressing, stable or even reversible character. Due to the lack of unequivocal evidence for the effectiveness of pharmacological treatment, an increasingly greater emphasis is placed on the implementation of non-pharmacological methods. It is especially important to seek a method which would potentially act as a protective factor against the occurrence of dementia symptoms. The most effective is the training of cognitive functions and undertaking physical activity.

The presented study is a summary of to-date studies concerning the relationship between physical activity and mild cognitive impairment, based on the database PubMed 2005–2017.

The majority of the studies confirm the relationship between physical activity and the efficiency of cognitive functions in MCI; however, due to methodological limitations, the results obtained are frequently incoherent and imprecise.

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