Aging and Brain Health

brainYou might not be aware of this, but according to research, Americans are living longer today than ever before. The average lifespan for women is 81 years of age, and for men it is around 76. The increases in lifespan could be due to several factors like advances in healthcare and science, or a nationwide emphasis on health and wellness. But whatever the reason, it is important to stay educated and informed on brain health and how aging impacts it. Here we will discuss some related facts and provide information on how to maintain a healthy brain.

Know Your Genetic History

Knowing your genetic history can help you a great deal when it comes to taking preventative steps against chronic disease. Your mother’s history in particular is important, as research suggests a stronger correlation between maternal Alzheimer’s and an increased risk for developing it. So be informed. Know what runs in your family. Other chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes can be fought against earlier, especially if you are aware of your predisposition. 

Don’t Forget About the Caregivers

When discussing aging, it is important to address the issue of caregiving. Perhaps you have cared for an elderly person, or even a parent or grandparent at sometime. Research is quick to point out that caregiving can be stressful and take a toll on the body. So it is important to have proper measures in place for all people involved.

Educate Yourself on Stroke and Dementia

When it comes to brain health, stroke and dementia are big topics. Stroke impacts more men on an annual basis, but women are more likely to experience a fatal stroke. Dementia is also more common in women than men, and research indicates that the prevalence of the illness will continue to grow in years ahead. This leads us to our final point…

Be Proactive

Taking a proactive approach to health on a holistic level is the best thing you can do, and when it comes to the brain and aging, there are ways to fight against the aforementioned issues. First and foremost, eat right and exercise. These two things alone greatly reduce the risk for debilitating or chronic disease. The next thing to do is to watch your cholesterol and blood pressure. These silent killers, if not monitored and addressed, can lead to a variety of cardiovascular problems and brain problems. Lastly, don’t smoke. There are no health benefits, and tons of harmful effects, so nix it altogether.

 

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Story Credit: 6 Things You Need To Know About Women, Aging And Brain Health by Catherine Pearson

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