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Look After Your Heart… to Look After Your Brain

Look After Your Heart… to Look After Your Brain

The heart is an important organ that pumps blood around your body. If it’s not working well, other organs will suffer. Problems with your heart and blood vessels, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol harm your heart. The factors that cause cardiovascular disease also increase your risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

Risk Factors for Heart Disease and Dementia

Research in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that brain function is linked to levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), along with cardiovascular risk. Studies have found that high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and high blood cholesterol raise the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Chronic cardiovascular disorders are even more likely to contribute to Alzheimer's disease. Inflammation further accelerates brain degeneration.

Reduce Your Dementia Risk by Keeping Fit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) see exercise as vital for good health. Keeping fit can prevent various diseases and help your muscles, heart, and brain work better. Exercise also provides the brain with oxygen and stimulates various chemicals in the nervous system, reducing the risk of heart disease, blood vessel disease, and type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that endorphins released from exercise can reduce pain, inflammation, and have mental health benefits.

What Exercise Is Best for Your Brain?

Which type of exercise gives the best results? Research suggests that short periods of high-intensity exercise (6 minutes) may help delay the onset of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Other studies have found that cycling and stretching can reduce the incidence of dementia among the elderly. But whatever exercise you do is better than not exercising. In addition to reducing the risk of heart disease and strokes, you’re protecting yourself from dementia and Parkinson's. Exercise also helps slow disease progression, keeping the brain healthy.

Older adults should exercise carefully to avoid injuries. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) recommends starting with slow or low-intensity exercise and warming up and cooling down appropriately.

Summary

Studies show a linke between heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol levels, obesity, and damage to the brain. Help your heart stay healthy with exercise to reduce your risk of dementia. Holistic health will help you have both a healthy heart and a healthy brain.

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PUBLISHED : 7 months ago

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