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Stroke or “brain attack” kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year & more women than men die as a result of stroke.
A new study found older women with higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, have less brain loss as they age.
Stroke, dementia & heart disease share common risk factors, each increasing odds of the other. A healthy lifestyle mitigates the risk.
News that exercise can diminish the impact aging has on the brain eclipses that of weight loss & gains in muscular strength.
Similarities in symptoms between dementia and depression can cause confusion.
Hormones released while stressed can contribute to brain inflammation and can damage the area where memories are formed in the brain.
Depression, anxiety, agitation, apathy & irritability increases risk for later mild cognitive impairment.
Adults with poor heart health are more likely to develop cognitive (brain) problems as they age, such as memory & learning impairment.
A healthy diet & a healthy brain go hand-in-hand, and can knock years off your “brain age”.
Sleep affects everything from our day-to-day functioning to our long term physical & mental health. Not enough leads to faster brain aging.
Stress may cause women’s brains to age prematurely.
A person’s walking ability or type of gait may give hits about oncoming Alzheimer’s disease.
Women take a harder hit to brain function when they have kidney disfunction.
Women bear the brunt of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. They are most often diagnosed and most often caregivers.
Women who have one or both ovaries removed before menopause are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The younger women are when they have their ovaries removed, the more likely dementia is to develop.
Moderate lifetime activity for 3-4 hours per week reduces your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and is associated with better abilities for tasks such as delayed recall, multitasking and better attention span.
Certain types of mental exercises – simply from memory games on your mobile device to jotting down letters backwards – might help our grey matter maintain concentration, memory and visual and spatial skills over the years.
Senior women with sleep apnea may have an increased dementia risk.
Few people associate memory loss with the heart, but they are related. The healthier the heart, the healthier the brain.
Thyroid levels tend to go down as we age, and hypothyroidism is common among the elderly. Warning signs include slower thinking and symptoms of depression. Lower thyroid levels can increase women’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
Smoking can cause oxidative stress in the brain of the same magnitude as Alzheimer’s disease itself.
Flavonoids in cocoa increase blood flow to the brain and may help to protect against conditions with reduced cerebral blood flow like dementia and stroke. To get the most benefits, buy chocolates with low sugar but high cocoa content (70% or more is the best).
Now you don’t have to feel guilty about pouring yourself another cup. There is substantial evidence that caffeine is protective against neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease.
Early onset of Type 2 diabetes increases the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease earlier. Like the pancreas, the brain produces insulin and researchers believe Alzheimer’s develops when the brain becomes insulin-resistant.
If your mother, rather than your father, has Alzheimer’s, it increases your vulnerability of developing it.
For every man suffering with dementia, stroke or depression, you can add two women.
70% of new Alzheimer’s sufferers will be women. You can’t ignore a number this big.