Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the brain’s most abundant inhibitory, or “calming,” neurotransmitter. While GABA is known primarily for its ability to put you in a relaxed state, it actually plays a crucial role in regulating many aspects of mood, attention, cognition, and sleep. GABA deficiency symptoms may involve any of these
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Many things affect our health. A few, such as age and genetics, we can’t control. However, lifestyle plays a major role, and we do have a say in that. Our diet—what we eat, not necessarily a weight-loss “diet”—along with stress, sleep, and physical activity, all affect how we feel today
Although there is still no cure for dementia, our growing knowledge of the factors involved in its development have demonstrated that the lifestyle choices we make help to reduce our personal risk. Furthermore, you don’t have to be in your twenties for those changes to have an impact. A groundbreaking
Taking too many drugs, or taking drugs that adversely interact with one another is a major factor in the cognitive problems of many older adults, a fact that was illustrated by a recent study involving brain scans of 514 older patients at a memory clinic.
The study found that the more
Serotonin is the “feel-good” brain chemical. Too little of this vital neurotransmitter will have you suffering from depression, but newer research shows it also influences whether or not you develop dementia.
When most people hear the word “diet,” they think of weight loss, but a good diet is actually about fueling your body with everything it needs to stay strong and healthy. Food provides the building blocks for life. Your amazing body disassembles what you eat and uses it to make
Dementia isn’t predestined, or inevitable. No matter what your age, you can intervene to stall or stop the process of cognitive decline. The Lancet International Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care reported at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference that more than one-third of all dementia cases worldwide could
An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, which causes a person to perceive noise in one or both ears when no external sound exists. The noise can occur intermittently or persistently and can interfere with sleep and concentration, and has been linked with stress and depression. The condition is
As we get older, our bodies and minds go through numerous changes that are often undesirable, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to live a satisfying and independent life for years to come. These five tips will serve to remind you how to maintain your independence while ensuring that
This is an exciting time for Alzheimer’s drug development, but that doesn’t mean you should sit back and wait until new drugs become available. Take proactive steps today to preserve your memory and prevent dementia. There is good evidence that just by making better choices each day, like eating right,