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A Healthy Heart May Lead to a Healthy Brain

There are recent studies showing that heart healthy habits may also be good for your brain. Researchers indicated that seniors who score high on the American Heart Association (AHA) healthy habits (“Simple 7”) reduced their risk of developing dementia later on in life. Although the study did not conclude that the heart healthy habits were the actual cause, the researchers do support heart healthy behavior for middle age individuals. Specifically, they said that many cardiovascular risk factors are modifiable and, as a result, they may help shape the risk of dementia.

The American Heart Association’s “Simple 7” rules are: (1) Stop smoking; (2) Eat Better; (3) Get Active; (4) Lose Weight; (5) Manage your Blood Pressure; (6) Control your Cholesterol; and (7) Reduce your Blood Sugar.

Cigarette smoking is responsible for about 1 in every 5 deaths in the United States each year. It’s the main preventable cause of death and illness in the United States. Chemicals in cigarette smoke can harm your blood cells. They also can damage your heart function and the structure and function of your blood vessels. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body including the brain.

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