Problems with cognition and memory are not necessarily a normal aspect of aging, and they should not be ignored, an MGH neuropsychologist cautions. The first step in addressing these problems is to get a thorough medical assessment to rule out cardiovascular disease, hypothyroidism, and many of the other medical issues
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It’s well known that your diet can affect your heart health, weight, and digestion, but it’s easy to forget food can affect your mind—including your tendency to forget.
“Adopting a healthier eating pattern can benefit your brain,” says Jenna Rosenfeld, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC, a registered dietitian at Weill Cornell Medicine.
Exposure to aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to the latest research. We all need to personally take steps now to reduce our exposure to this ubiquitous metal.
You’ve surely heard the phrases “brain food” and “heart-healthy diet.” While some foods do seem to have specific brain benefits, in general, scientists are discovering that a diet that supports a healthy brain is also heart-healthy fare and vice versa. Learning which foods your brain and heart need to function
An expert panel of the American Heart Association (AHA) has found consistent evidence that high blood pressure in midlife (age 40-64) is associated with impaired cognitive function in mid- and later life.
When high blood pressure develops after age 64, its impact on brain function is less clear, the panel explained
When the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) were released in January 2016, they earned headlines for their focus on added sugars and relaxed view of dietary fat. But the most important point of the updated DGAs was often overlooked in the flurry of media coverage: Healthy eating is more
Biologically speaking, everything that makes you what you are depends on a three-pound organ inside your skull that is kept alive by the beating of an organ in your chest that weighs only 8 to 10 ounces. Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day, pumping 2,000 gallons of blood
A good deal of research has been done to try to pinpoint who is at greatest risk for getting Alzheimer’s disease. Simply getting older raises your risk, but age alone does not mean a slow decline toward dementia. Beyond age, there are certain factors that may further increase risk. Most
Memory Maximizers: Losing Brainpower? Have Your Thyroid Checked
A review of the effect of cognitive thyroid abnormalities suggests the even minor irregularities in thyroid function in individuals under 75 years of age can result in changes in mood and thinking. The thyroid gland secretes hormones that help regulate growth and energy
Inability to Balance on One Leg May Signal Higher Risk of Stroke
Research in the journal Stroke found that struggling to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer was linked to an increase risk for small blood vessel damage and lower overall cognitive function. One-leg standing time was measured