A healthy heart could indicate better brain health and sharp memory in old age; Read on
New Delhi : With age, most people tend to develop health problems and chronic health conditions like blood pressure, blood sugar and other such problems which cannot be cured. We simply have to learn how to manage these health problems. Heart health is also one such thing. Not taking care of our heart health can lead to heart diseases which can make our life tough. Researchers claim that our heart health plays an important role in our brain health as well. A healthy heart can help in keeping our memory sharp but there are other factors involved as well. Not smoking, high scores on cognitive tests and genes play an important role.
This research was published in the journal Neurology. The associate professor of neurology at the University of Pittsburgh who is the lead author of this study, Beth Snitz said, “What's good for the heart seems to be good for the brain and seems to be very important in avoiding Alzheimer's disease. Sometimes the answers to what predicts resilience and health in ageing are not simply the opposite of what predicts disease or not simply the absence of what predicts disease."
The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer's which cause memory loss, behavioural changes and loss of reasoning. The buildup of a protein called amyloid plaques is a hallmark of Alzheimer's. People with healthy blood vessels are less likely to develop amyloid plaques. The presence of a variant gene called APOE has also been linked to better brain health.