A team of researchers from Columbia and Miami, Florida Universities have concluded that a healthy brain is powered by a healthy heart. According to the scientists, elderly people who have a healthy heart are more likely to be free of any neurological disorders.
A recent study conducted by a collaboration between researchers from Miami, Florida and Columbia proved that if we take care of our hearts in young age, we will have better brain functions in old age.
The scientists were initially looking for a link between a normally functioning heart and the cognitive abilities of the healthy blood pump owners. Also, they were on the lookout for any evidence that would show that the health of the chest cavity organ impacts in one way or another the cerebral cavity one.
As a guideline for their research, the doctors involved in the study used the Simple Seven list that the Heart Association of America created.
According to that list, in order for a person to have a healthy heart, the individual must
- Avoid tobacco related products
- Have an active lifestyle (that includes daily, or regular exercises)
- Have a healthy diet based on good fats, omega three supplements, lots of fruits and vegetables and
- Having a good BMI (although there are a lot of people who fall into the “overweight” category but have a very healthy lifestyle, and consequently heart)
- Maintaining cholesterol levels in order (especially since cholesterol can cause the blood vessel to become clogged leading to more serious health issues like stroke).
- Regulating the intake of sugars, because a constant high level of glucose can trigger the onset of diabetes.
- And having a normal blood pressure.
The sample measured over 1000 participants that met, at least, a couple of the requirements listed above. The average age of the volunteers was forty.
The researchers measured the cognitive abilities of the participants, including memory, the ability to focus and processing skills. Six years later, they tested the volunteers again.
According to the results, the healthier the patients’ hearts were, the better they scored on the tests. The individuals with the better scores also checked the most Simple Seven factors.
A healthy brain is powered by a healthy heart, at least, that’s what Hannah Gardener, the study’s lead author claims. So if we want to keep our minds sharp in old age, we should start taking care of our hearts in young age.
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