Heart - Brain Connection
Did you know the same habits your doctor recommends to prevent heart disease can also help keep dementia at bay? That’s exactly what a group of researchers found when comparing changes in brain function among 6,626 individuals with varying degrees of heart health. Researchers used the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 tool, a checklist of seven behaviors shown to positively impact heart health. The data shows that over 8½ years, with each heart-healthy measure that was adopted, participants suffered from less cognitive decline and memory loss.
The American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 Tool recommends the following heart and brain-healthy habits. Which ones are you already doing?
❑ Keep your blood pressure within a normal range. ❑ Control your cholesterol levels. ❑ Reduce the amount of sugar you consume. ❑ Maintain an active lifestyle. ❑ Make healthy food choices. ❑ Maintain a healthy body weight. ❑ Stop smoking immediately.
Prayer: Thank You for the miracle of connection in my body, God. What affects one part is connected to another part. May I value, cherish and care for all of it!