Life's Simple 7
Most likely, you've heard this advice before. Maybe you ignored it; maybe you've forgotten. Either way, here it is again.
A recent French study looked at basic modifiable lifestyle practices that influence the risk of developing dementia later in life. These "simple 7" focus on cardiovascular health, which directly correlates with cognitive health and function:
1. Manage your blood pressure.
2. Manage your cholesterol levels.
3. Lower blood sugar.
4. Stay physical active.
5. Follow a healthful diet.
6. Lose weight.
7. Stop smoking (or don't start).
Researchers looked at how well people adhered to these steps at 50 years of age and their development over the following 25 years. The risk of dementia increased with the number of lifestyle practices not followed.