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Session 6 - Choose a healthy lifestyle!

Part 4 - Brain Health and Heart Health

Heads up for Healthier Brains

Read this handout to learn more about managing your risks.

The risk of developing dementia appears to increase as a result of conditions that affect the heart or blood vessels, particularly when these occur at mid-life.

These conditions include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity

Source:  5 Simple Steps to Maximize Your Brain Health, Alzheimer’s Australia.

What does the research say?

Research indicates that having diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, and not treating them effectively, can damage the blood vessels in the brain, affecting brain function and thinking skills. Obesity is associated with increased risk for dementia, and other conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and vascular disease.

Untreated high blood pressure, specifically in mid-life has been associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Promisingly, treatment of mid-life high blood pressure has been found to reduce dementia risk. High blood pressure in old age is not seen to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease but is undesirable at any age.

Treatment of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity is necessary for good heart health and is likely also to protect brain health.

They are all conditions that are easily identified and treatable. It’s important to have regular health checks and follow the advice of your health professional.

Source:  5 Simple Steps to Maximize Your Brain Health, Alzheimer’s Australia.

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