Medical Conditions & Cognitive Health
Did you know?? Several medical conditions are strongly linked to brain disease. But there’s good news: If you take control of the risk factors, you will have a better chance of keeping your brain healthy!
Following are the main health risk factors for brain disease. I also share common ways that may help you take charge of your overall health & better protect your brain.
Risk Factor #1: Hypertension
Brain health and high blood pressure are closely related. According to the Cleveland Clinic, “The blood vessels that supply the brain are delicate. Over time, high blood pressure can damage these vessels leading to small hemorrhages (or ruptures) and other structural changes in the brain. This damage can lead to changes in thinking or memory.”
Take control of your hypertension and protect your brain in the following ways:
- See your doctor about lowering your blood pressure.
- If your doctor prescribes medication for hypertension, take it as prescribed.
- Check your blood pressure regularly.
- Reduce your salt intake. Try the DASH diet – Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.
- Exercise regularly and stay active.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
Risk Factor #2: Diabetes
Recently, it was discovered that diabetes is the greatest health risk factor for developing dementia. Overweight individuals are more likely to develop diabetes.
Take control of your weight / diabetes and protect your brain in the following ways:
- Increase the fiber in your diet.
- Avoid eating white sugar, white flour, margarine & shortening.
- Eat protein with every meal.
- Be mindful of your portion sizes during meals.
- Get your body moving regularly – 30 minutes, 5 times per week.
Risk Factor #3: High Cholesterol
It has been long documented that people with high cholesterol also have an increased risk of developing dementia & brain disease.
Take control of your high cholesterol and protect your brain in the following ways:
- See your doctor to have your cholesterol checked regularly.
- Follow your doctor’s orders: Take any cholesterol medication as prescribed.
- Eat more fiber-rich foods like oatmeal.
- Try adding salmon/tuna, almonds & avocados to your diet.
- Use olive oil for cooking.
- Limit your red meat and dairy consumption.
If you are concerned about blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or your overall health, I encourage you to first make an appointment to talk to your doctor.
Then YOU are in control! Keep active, eat a healthy diet, stay socially connected, and maintain a positive mindset. Together, these actions can help keep your body healthy and your brain sharp for many years to come!
That’s a Wrap! A Message from Pamela
Over the last 15 months, I have really enjoyed writing this Cognitive Health series for you! I hope you enjoyed learning about the major role your brain plays in your overall health and longevity.
Keep a list of your favorite brain boosting tips, and regularly pick something from the list to do. Read a book, get together with friends, put together a puzzle, try a new hobby, volunteer in your community… Who knew protecting your brain’s health could be so easy and fun?
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