A healthy lifestyle may delay dementia and enhance cognition.
Vascular risk factors during midlife may foster the development of underlying dementia later in life. Having a BMI of greater than 30 kg/m2 at midlife is associated with 2X the risk of brain amyloid deposits later. Other risk factors are smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes--all modifiable by a healthy lifestyle.
PositiveTip: To optimize brain health follow a healthy lifestyle and engage in mentally stimulating activities today!
Drinking habits many consider normal have adverse consequences for health.
Researchers studied 530 U.K. non-alcohol dependent adults whose alcohol consumption and cognitive performance was repeatedly assessed for over 30 years. Brain imaging was performed at the most recent visit. After adjustment for potential confounders, even moderate alcohol use (up to 21 drinks per week) was associated with a 3x greater risk of having hippocampal atrophy than abstainers. Very light drinking (1-6 drinks per week) gave no protection relative to not drinking.
PositiveTip: Abstinence from all alcohol appears to be the best policy for long-term brain health.
It's a no-brainer: no pills, no side effects from meds. Just exercise!
Over five years of research, older adults who did not engage in moderate to high levels of exercise experienced greater declines in cognitive processing speed and memory function. This decline was the same as would have been expected with 10 years of aging instead of the 5 years that actually past in the study.
PositiveTip: Stay active as you age. It is essential for brain health!