Many of us often cringe at the thought of diet and exercise, while others may enjoy the added rush of endorphins to our brain and nervous system after a moderate work out. However, new studies show the latter group might just be on to something.
Recent studies have shown both diet and exercise has a direct link in warding off dementia. In our first article a 10-year study, conducted on 5,189 older men and women whose average age was 66, showed there may be a connection between high blood sugar and memory decline. Although more research needs to be done to create a definitive connection, experts still recommend a healthy diet and physical activity to help keep the brain healthy.
In the second article, studies have shown an undoubted connection between women who have a high level of physical fitness in middle age and their chances of developing dementia. The study followed 191 women, with an average age of 50, for up to 44 years. Ultimately, the study shows women who had high levels of physical fitness in middle age were almost 90 percent less likely to develop dementia years later than women who were moderately fit.
It appears fitness and diet seem to be the growing trend in supporting brain health. Our advice, get outside and get those endorphins flowing and follow it up with a healthy meal to not only protect your brain but your overall health as well.
To learn more about the above-mentioned studies, please read these expert-reviewed articles and for more information about Alzheimer’s; please visit our website at www.alzinfo.org.
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