Mind Tip To reduce your risk of dementia, focus on your heart. Minimizing your risk factors for heart disease will also benefit your brain.
You walk into a room and wonder why you’re there. You can’t remember your neighbor’s name. You lose your train of thought. Mental hiccups like these become more frequent as we get older, but senility is not an inevitable part of aging. Research shows that the same risk factors for heart disease — high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and obesity — are also the ones that increase the likelihood of developing dementia, like Alzheimer’s disease. Knowing your numbers and keeping them in check through a heart-healthy lifestyle may be your best protection against mental decline. A daily exercise routine can lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol, and help keep blood sugar levels stable. A heart-healthy, Mediterranean-style diet can do the same. If you have poorly controlled blood pressure, diabetes or cholesterol, talk to your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Make sure it always includes healthful lifestyle changes.
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