Do you almost always run on too little sleep? Do you have sleep problems or a sleep disorder? If so, your brain may be taking a toll: lack of sleep side effects include brain damage and problems with cognitive function.
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Research increasingly points to an association between anticholinergic medications—a class of drugs commonly used by older adults—and an increased rate of emergency department and hospital utilization in the U.S.
Anticholinergic medications interfere with the actions of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which relays signals between brain cells to promote memory, attention, and many
What is dementia? The word refers to a mental decline in two or more core areas of brain function—including memory, judgment, communication, or language—that interferes with a person’s ability to function in daily life. Dementia can be caused by a number of different diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to
Over a lifespan, celiac disease symptoms tend to shift from primarily gastrointestinal ones in children (diarrhea, bloating, pain) to “non-classical” or “subclinical” ones in adults (fatigue, anemia, arthritis, and numbness/tingling in the fingers and toes). Non-classical symptoms can make celiac disease harder to spot, particularly if a patient has other
MEDITERRANEAN DIET PREVENTS BRAIN ATROPHY
Recent research provides evidence for yet another brain benefit of the healthy Mediterranean diet—an eating style which involves the consumption of plentiful amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, whole grains, and beans, limited amounts of fish, dairy products, and wine, and occasional servings of
Two new studies provide important evidence of how physical activity might reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive decline. One study reported that participants who were most active showed the least decline—the equivalent of 10 years of mental aging. In a second study, the most active
The Benefits of Activity
We’ve seen how smart dietary choices can help protect your brain against age-related decline. But the truth is that the most important lifestyle changes you make for your brain happen between meals: To maximize your chances of maintaining peak brain power as you age, increase your level
Multivitamins and Your Brain
For many Americans, taking a multivitamin as “insurance” against nutritional shortfalls is a daily habit. Americans have been taking multivitamin/mineral supplements since the early 1940s, and an estimated one-third of all U.S. consumers take these regularly. Multivitamins account for almost one-sixth of all purchases of dietary supplements
A healthy brain is an adaptable brain—one that can respond to new information and circumstances, withstand the harmful effects of injury, disease, and stress, and repair itself following damage to, or loss of, brain cells and/or their connections. This capacity, called neuroplasticity, is essential to staying sharp in older age.
As important as it is to eat right to protect your heart and brain, diet is only part of the equation: Getting plenty of physical activity sleeping well, and keeping your stress level down are also essential.
Get Up, Get Moving
How important is regular physical activity to your heart? One 2015