Philosophers have long pondered the mysteries of heart and mind. Now scientists are working to unravel the flesh-and-blood linkage between the cardiovascular system and the brain. What they are finding is that the recipe for a strong heart is fundamentally the same as that for a sharp mind.
Americans are constantly advised to lead “heart healthy” lives, and for good reason: Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. But cardiovascular health is also a boon to the brain, new research reveals. The study examined the habits and lifestyles of more than 1,000 people who were an average age of 72.
Specifically, they assessed how many of the American Heart Association’s goals the participants achieved—keeping physically active; maintaining a healthy weight and eating regimen and not smoking. The participants also completed cognitive tests when the study began and again six years later.
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As it turned out, people who more closely adhered to a heart-healthy lifestyle showed fewer signs of age-related mental decline, reports University of Miami neurologist Hannah Gardener. He suggests more research is needed to pinpoint the age ranges during which cardiovascular-friendly behaviors “may influence cognitive performance and mitigate decline.”
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Keeping heart and blood vessels healthy reduces the risk of cognitive decline and dementia according to a new report released by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH).
JAMA research also discovered that middle-aged people who were at risk of having a stroke or a heart attack were more likely to develop the changes to the brain that cause Alzheimer’s Disease.
A group of 346 people in their 50s without any kind of dementia was assessed for cardiovascular issues. After nearly 25 years, these same participants received a brain scan and the results were significant – 61% of the participants who had at least 2 cardiovascular risks in middle age had developed amyloid protein fragments, which are linked to Alzheimer’s Disease.
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