Your Brain and Longevity

brain and longevity

I was reading an article about delaying dementia with brain training and then came across more articles that discusses how longevity is controlled by the brain. Current research on the brain and aging is not only fascinating, but essential because of how many people are getting some form of dementia or Alzheimer’s. It is a scary and devastating illness.

The August 4, 2009 issue of Neurology discussed a study that found people who engage in brain exercises, or brain training, can delay memory related issues.  Activities like reading, writing and playing card games may especially delay how quickly memory can decline when you do develop dementia.

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But why is this disease growing at such an alarming rate? What else are we doing in our lives that is making our brains age too fast or get sick too early?

Now the study we mentioned cautioned that people far advanced in age may not benefit the same, but the disturbing thing is that people are experiencing memory problems at younger ages.

So the takeaway is to keep your brain active from a younger age.

Personally, I believe it is beneficial to be interested in always learning new things (reading or some other form) and keeping your brain active. It makes even more sense when you think about the high rate of people suffering with early cognitive decline and if you look for ways to prevent that from happening to you.

Dr. Steve Chaney writes a lot about health and nutrition and how it can affect your longevity. Here is an article he wrote about diet and Alzheimer’s.

https://healthtipsfromtheprofessor.com/can-diet-prevent-alzheimers/

We know that foods we eat create inflammation in our body.  Learning more about inflammation, and how to prevent it, appears to be very important in terms of overall good health.

More diseases are being discovered to have their origin in inflammation.

The good news is that we can get educated very easily these days, with information about targeting good health virtually at our fingertips:  what to do (lifestyle choices), what not to do, what to eat, what not to eat.

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