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What’s good for your ticker may also keep your brain sharp

h art a d connection EVERYONE KNOWS THAT EATING THE RIGHT DIET AND GETTING

enough exercise are two of the best ways to reduce the risk of clogged arteries and heart attacks. But did you also know that adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle may reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease? n In January, the Alzheimer’s Association, a nonprofit advocacy group, released a comprehensive review of the best scientific evidence to date about preventing and treating dementia. Looking at hundreds of studies from around the world, they saw the most salient findings had to do with the importance of controlling cardiovascular risk factors. Reducing blood pressure, reducing weight, reducing cholesterol, treating (or preferably avoiding) diabetes and not smoking were all associated with better mental function. They also saw a close correlation between exercise and brain health.

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Feature story for Tufts Nutrition investigating connection between heart-healthy foods that may also prevent brain diseases.

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