Healthy lifestyle key to smarter brain in old age: Study

Healthy lifestyle key to smarter brain in old age: Study

Want to stay smart even in your advanced years? Maintaining a healthy lifestyle from childhood may be the key as it can help in reducing the risk of developing cognitive decline as one ages, according to a new advisory from the American Heart Association (AHA).

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According to a study:

  • Increase in levels of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.
  • In addition,can cause impairment of the large and smaller blood vessels, making them narrowed or blocked.
  • This is known as atherosclerosis, a disease process that is the leading cause of many heart attacks and strokes.
  • The study, convincingly demonstrates that the same risk factors that cause atherosclerosis.
  • Furthermore,are also major contributors to late-life cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease.
  • If current trends persist, nearly 75 million people worldwide could have dementia by 2030, the study revealed.
  • Thus, the advisory by AHA outlined a set of seven health factors to define
  • And promote cardiovascular wellness, which may also help foster ideal brain health in adults.
  • The health factors  termed as "Life's Simple 7 programme" urge individuals to manage blood pressure.
  • In addition,control cholesterol, keep blood sugar normal, get physically active, eat a healthy diet, lose extra weight, do not start smoking or quit.
  • By following Life's Simple 7 not only can we prevent heart attack and stroke.
  • We may also be able to prevent cognitive impairment.
  • The advisory, based on a review of 182 published scientific studies and published in the journal Stroke,stresses.
  • In addition,the importance of taking steps to keep your brain healthy as early as possible.
  • Because atherosclerosis can begin in childhood.Read also:A low-carb diet may be key to long life

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