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Your Brain Takes a Beating as You Age. Here’s How to Save Your Memory.

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Cognitive Health, Dementia, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article by Garry Messick0 Comments

Why do people start to lose their mental sharpness as they get older? 

One theory is that brain cells start to die without being replaced.

Another is that protein tangles associated with Alzheimer’s disease accumulate in the brain and clog neural pathways. 

But a new scientific paper concludes there is another factor at work: Blood vessel health. Swedish scientists believe the condition of your brain is largely dependent on the blood vessels that serve it.

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The Disturbing Surgery Side Effect They Don’t Tell You About

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Anti-Aging, Cognitive Health, Dementia, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise by Garry Messick0 Comments

Before surgery, doctors have a standard procedure that they follow with each patient.

They explain the possible side effects. They discuss after-surgery pain care and rehab. They give you a general idea of what to expect. 

And then, just before the operation, you are asked to sign a consent form that says you agree to allow your doctor to perform the operation and you understand the risks. 

But there is one danger that you likely won’t know about.

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Giving Up Meat Can Trigger Dementia

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Cognitive Health, Dementia, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article by Garry Messick0 Comments

For decades, mainstream doctors told us that we should eat less meat and eggs. They warned that animal foods were full of saturated fat and cholesterol that would make us put on weight and lead to heart disease. 

This “common wisdom” has been widely debunked. Even the American Heart Association now admits it was wrong to warn people against eating eggs. 

Eating less meat is a bad idea, too.

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Your Brain Is Getting Stronger While You Read This

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Cognitive Health, Featured Article by Garry Messick0 Comments

Computer brain games are popular among seniors who want to preserve their mental sharpness.

But a new study shows that any kind of computer activity—it doesn’t have to be brain games—enhances memory.

In fact, simply doing what you’re doing right now—reading information from a website—cuts your risk of mild cognitive impairment, researchers found.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is worse than normal age-related memory loss.

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You Should Be Dancing

In All Health Watch, Cognitive Health, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise by Garry Messick0 Comments

Running…biking…weightlifting…swimming…competitive sports. There are many ways to stay in shape.

But two new studies have found that one of the most effective exercises is one that is rarely mentioned by fitness gurus.

It not only greatly lowers your chances of dying from heart disease, but it slows brain aging.

British researchers analyzed data from 11 surveys that included 49,000 people. Their study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Memory Problems? This Diet Can Help

In All Health Watch, Cognitive Health, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, General Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Low-carb diets have become wildly popular in recent years.

Studies show that they help people lose weight better than traditional low-carb, low-fat diets. And low-carb dieters are better able to keep off the weight. 

Now a new study shows that low-carb eating has another benefit. It may keep your mind sharper as you get older.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University enrolled 27 subjects with mild cognitive problems.

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