CogniFit's Science blog: Stay Healthy To Keep A Young Brain

Stay Healthy To Keep A Young Brain

Having an unhealthy life has a big impact on our body. We now know that our brain will also be significantly affected by the way we live. A new study conducted by the University of California Davis, studied more than 1300 people who were in their 50's and 60's to find the relation between certain health habits, risk factors, brain health and age-related mental decline.

The scientists found different correlations between smoking, obesity, diabetes and brain shrinkage. For example, obese people where more prone to experience faster decline in cognitive test that measured executive functions of the brain. Individuals with high blood pressure levels where more likely to develop a condition known as white matter change in their brain.

The study, published in the journal Neurology explains that vascular factors such as smoking and diabetes may cause your brain to age 10 years faster than people who maintain a healthy lifestyle. We understand today that it is important to prevent this to happen and there is a need for many among us to change our lifestyle to avoid facing these issues in the future.

For people already experiencing these problems, it is very important to try to treat them seriously as they will only accelerate with the aging process.

We all need to remain healthy, control what we eat (nutrition is key), exercise regularly our body,  memory and brain for them to remain sharp, vibrant and young for a long time. We need to think about this as an investment in our future health and well-being.