It’s one of the biggest mysteries of aging. Everyone’s searching for the answer. Why do some people develop dementia… while others avoid it?
Sure, we know some of the significant drivers, like diabetes. But new research finally zeroes in on some much more specific factors.
The good news? The study focused on things that are entirely within your control.
And if you act on them right now, you could dramatically cut your risk of ever suffering from this devastating disease.
All it takes are some simple steps I’m about the share with you today. And as a bonus, you could also end up living a longer, healthier life.
Identify dementia’s starting point to STOP it
This unique new study doesn’t simply look at dementia patients and then try to figure out how they got there.
Instead, it takes the (VERY) long view. The researchers tracked patients from their 50s when all of them were healthy, all the way up to their 80s.
The goal was to find out if you can spot the warning signs for dementia along the way, long before any hint of memory loss. And it worked.
The study found that whatever happens to your HEART risk often eventually turns into BRAIN risk, too, only years later.
Compared to the folks who remained stable, those with accelerating heart risk were:
- SIX TIMES more likely to struggle with Alzheimer’s
- FOUR TIMES more likely to develop vascular dementia
- 40 PERCENT more likely to suffer declines in memory
I’ll admit if you battle heart issues, those are some scary findings. But there’s a silver lining here. Heart problems are often far easier to reign in and reverse than Alzheimer’s disease is.
And that means if you act to protect your heart and blood vessels today, you can likely block decline and dementia in the future.
Support heart health for better brain health
The study doesn’t quite go far enough. It tries but ends up dishing out the same old tired advice you get everywhere else.
The researchers say folks should lose weight, avoid smoking, and keep their blood pressure under control. Gee, thanks a lot, guys.
Of course, all those factors ARE important to reduce heart disease and dementia risks. But you can do more than that to help protect your heart and brain.
Start with three key “double-duty” nutrients that are proven to support your ticker and your noodle at the same time.
You may already be familiar with them. After all, I’ve been singing these nutrients praises here in Healthier Talk for years now:
- omega-3 fatty acids
- coenzyme Q10
- B complex
Seafood is naturally rich in omega-3s. In fact, eating more fish is proven to lower signs of vascular damage in the brain, reducing dementia risks. But for a steady and reliable source of this brain and heart-supporting super-nutrient, consider taking a fish-oil supplement too.
Coenzyme Q10 works its magic by restoring energy to your cells. And that includes those cells that help deliver power to your energy-hungry heart and brain.
CoQ10 might have already been on your radar if you’re a regular Healthier Talk reader. It was one of five supplements I recommended for combatting heart failure. Click here for my free report to catch up on the other four.
And you can complete your “double duty” trio of nutrients with a B complex. B vitamins can help block inflammation in your blood vessels and slow brain aging (dropping heart and dementia risk) at the same time.
For more personalized advice on supporting your heart and brain health based on your health, risks, and lifestyle, make an appointment to see a naturopathic physician or integrative medicine doctor.
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