Long-term Cognition via a Healthy Lifestyle

Using data from the Chicago Health and Aging Project (n = 1,845) and the Rush Memory and Aging Project ( n = 920) the following was concluded: A healthy lifestyle is associated with a substantially lower risk of Alzheimer’s dementia.

This 2010 study cites a healthy lifestyle as protective against Alzheimer’s.

The World Health Organization says: People can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Brain health: how can you reduce cognitive decline? An interview with  Heather Snyder, Ph.D.

This study of 2449 men and women aged 65 years and older concluded that a healthy lifestyle was associated with a longer life expectancy among men and women, and they lived a larger proportion of their remaining years without Alzheimer’s dementia.

This study of individuals aged 60 years or older who had normal cognition and underwent apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotyping at baseline in 2009 showed that a healthy lifestyle is associated with slower memory decline, even in the presence of the APOE ε4 allele.

Alzheimer’s disease incidence might be reduced through improved access to education and use of effective methods targeted at reducing the prevalence of vascular risk factors (eg, physical inactivity, smoking, midlife hypertension, midlife obesity, and diabetes) and depression.

The Cleveland Clinic’s Six Pillars of Brain Health:

  • Exercise improves blood flow and memory
  • Food rich in antioxidants can help fend off the harmful effects of oxidation in your brain.
  • Hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, head trauma, higher cholesterol, and smoking all increase the risk of dementia. 
  • Sleep energizes you, improves your mood and your immune system, and may reduce buildup in the brain of an abnormal protein called beta-amyloid plaque, which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Mental exercise is just as critical as physical exercise in keeping your brain fit and healthy. Mental exercises may improve your brain’s functioning and promote new brain cell growth, decreasing your likelihood of developing dementia.
  • Leading an active social life can protect you against memory loss. Spending time with others, engaging in stimulating conversation, and staying in touch and connected with family and friends are good for your brain health.

A healthy lifestyle is what this blog post is all about.

By Otto

I am a health enthusiast, engineer, and maker.

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