How to Protect Your Brain as You Age

As the human life span increases, dementia is becoming more common -- but you can minimize your risk of being affected.

Research shows that factors ranging from blood pressure and weight to degree of physical and mental activity can influence cognitive functioning.  There is growing evidence that dementia can be attributed, at least partially, to a lifelong exposure to different risk factors.

Eurekalert reports:

“... [A]ctive involvement in mental, physical and social activities can delay the onset of dementia by preserving cognitive functions. Further education early in life has a protective effect, and ... research has shown that it is never too late to get started ... [P]hysical factors are also significant. Not only high and low blood pressure, but also diabetes and obesity”.

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