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Editor's Correspondence
Jan 9, 2012

Physical Activity, Vascular Health, and Cognitive Impairment—Reply

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(1):83-84. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.616

In reply

My colleagues and I thank Dr Smith for his interest in our article.1 Dr Smith raises the possibility that cardiorespiratory fitness may mediate the relationship between activity energy expenditure (AEE) and cognitive impairment. Though physical activity is 1 predictor, AEE itself is only weekly associated with cardiorespiratory fitness.2 As a result, other mechanisms such as alteration in brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels and improvement of vascular function are likely to contribute to the relationship.3

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