Heart Healthy Habits Also Support Optimal Aging
- Posted on: Dec 30 2017
Staying abreast of research is an important aspect of patient care. Our team is committed to learning and following studies that facilitate a better understanding of how the body works. In so doing, we can support patients as they pave a path for a life of heart and brain health. Here, we discuss a recent study that suggests a correlation between heart-healthy habits and cognitive health in the aging process.
The study was published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association. The goal of the advisory was to review data about brain health in the aging to gain awareness regarding strategies aimed at preventing common conditions such as dementia and stroke. These two cognitive conditions, in particular, have become increasingly common in recent years. Our understanding of, and ability to manage, the aging brain, is now a matter of immediate importance in light of increased life-expectancy.
We are going to age and possibly live longer than our ancestors. This is only a win if we are continuing to live well and healthy in our latter years. Research that revolves around how we can do this provides invaluable data. This recent study is no exception. During the observation of clinical evidence, researchers found a direct correlation between a few aspects of living that can make a substantial difference in cognitive ability later in life.
The interesting piece of information is the direct link between “Life’s Simple Seven,” a list of wellness points by the American Heart Association, and cognitive function in old age.
The Simple Seven Tips:
- Avoiding tobacco
- Weight management
- Regular exercise
- Healthy dietary habits
- Healthy blood sugar
- Balanced cholesterol levels
- Blood pressure management
The medical community uses these metrics to measure overall heart health. Now, we can also use them in the discussion of how to age well regarding brain health.
There’s More . . .
Staying sharp as we age is not only a matter of physical wellness. Researchers also found that cognitive function is supported by social engagement and mental challenges such as memory games and puzzles.
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