Medical Health

Useful Tips for a Healthy Brain

Control Risks
A variety of medical conditions are strongly linked to the decline of brain function. Keep your blood pressure and weight at a healthy level, take medication as prescribed, cut down on salt and sugar, keep active and stay socially connected and positive. All of this can help you stay sharp, smart, and increase the vitality and quality of life as you enter your golden years.
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Risk: Diabetes / Obesity
Overweight people are more likely to develop diabetes, and diabetics have a much higher risk of getting dementia.
Reduce your risk
• Avoid white sugar, white flour and hydrogenated fat.
• Eat more fiber.
• Eat some protein with every meal.
• Control portion size.
• Exercise for at least 30 minutes 5 times a week.
• Include aerobic, strength, flexibility and balance.
Living with Diabetes

Risk: Hypertension
High blood pressure can cause structural damage in the brain, which later can develop into mental decline.
Reduce your risk
• Cut down on salt (less than one teaspoon a day).
• Check your blood pressure regularly.
• Keep active.
• Maintain a healthy weight.
• Take your medication.
• Aim to keep blood pressure under 120/80 mmHg.
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Healthy Brains Fact

People can change behaviors that contribute to their risk of developing dementia.
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Risk: High Cholesterol
High cholesterol increases the risk of developing dementia.
Reduce your risk
• Take cholesterol lowering medications when prescribed.
• Control other risk factors like hypertension,diabetes, and obesity as advised by your doctor.
Beat High Cholesterol

Risk: Head Injury
Research has shown a connection between moderate or severe brain injury and the risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Reduce your risk
• Protect yourself from falls.
• Prevent injury from vehicle crashes by wearing your seat belt.
• Wear a helmet when biking or playing sports.
Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

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Risk: Depression
Depression is associated with increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Reduce your risk
• Stay socially connected.
• Seek medical treatment.
Fight Depression

Risk: Smoking
Heavy smokers have more than double the risk of non-smokers of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Reduce your risk
• Quit.
• Cut down with a goal of quitting.
• Seek medical treatment or group support.
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