Healthy heart leads to healthy brain: study

According to a new study, by shielding against age-related cognitive failure, a healthy heart may also lead to a healthy brain.

Led by Hannah Gardener, of the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami in Florida, the study found out that as we are incapable to halt the getting old process in order to defend cognitive running, preceding studies have recommended that healthy routine habits, such as regular physical activity, can help.

The Life’s Simple 7 includes regular physical activity, a healthy diet, weight management, tobacco avoidance and good control of blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.

The team found that members who had better dealings of cardiovascular health at study starting point also had better brain dispensation speed at that time point, and this connotation was solidest for non-smokers and adults with an ideal weight and blood glucose levels.

Upon continuation, the investigators found that members who had more cardiovascular health factors at starting point practised less decline in brain processing speed, memory and executive function related with time management, attention and planning and organization – than those with fewer cardiovascular health factors.

Gardener says:

Achieving the health metrics of Life’s Simple 7 is associated with a reduced risk of strokes and heart attacks, even among the elderly. And the finding that they may also impact cognitive or brain function underscores the importance of measuring, monitoring and controlling these seven factors by patients and physicians.

In addition, further study is needed to identify the age ranges, or periods over the life course, during which cardiovascular health factors and behaviors may be most influential in determining late-life cognitive impairment, and how behavioral and health modifications may influence cognitive performance and mitigate decline over time. says Gardener,