Here are seven measures anyone can take to maintain brain health and stave off dementia:
- Manage blood pressure.
- Control cholesterol.
- Maintain normal blood sugar levels.
- Stay physically active.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Healthy weight.
- Quit smoking.
Abnormally high blood pressure, cholesterol, or blood sugar can lead to atherosclerosis and blood clots, which may eventually cause cognitive impairment and vascular dementia. Over 7 million people are newly diagnosed with dementia each year. According to the journal Stroke, by 2030 as many as 75 million people may develop dementia.
- According to a newly released report, it’s possible to maintain brain health with just seven easy steps.
- Advisable healthy behaviors include abstaining from tobacco use, regular exercise, eating healthy, and staying at a healthy weight.
- Advisable health related factors include keeping blood pressure normal, keeping cholesterol controlled, and maintaining normal blood sugar levels.
“With time, our arteries tend to get clogged with fat deposits and other toxins. This process bears the name of atherosclerosis, and it is a risk factor for conditions such as coronary heart disease, angina, and chronic kidney disease.”