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Five Healthy Habits to Reduce Mental Decline

Numerous studies havebeen released regarding how healthy habits can reduce everything from obesityrates, to health issues, and cognitive decline. To narrow down the focus, a 35 year study from the United Kingdom hasidentified five behaviors that can be changed to reduce the risk of cognitivedecline, and many of these can improve other illnesses while making onementally sharper and more focused as well.


After assessing datagathered from the study, the authors identified these five factors as beingessential for living a relatively disease free, healthier life:

  • Getting regular exercise
  • Refraining from smoking
  • Keeping a low bodyweight
  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Reducing alcohol intake


The study showed thatindividuals who kept to at least four out of these five behaviors had a 60percent decline in cognitive degeneration and dementia-like diseases.  Furthermore, there were 70 percent fewercases of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease when compared with those whofollowed none of the behaviors.


Small changes can besignificant for healthy lives.  If theparticipants in the study had added only one extra healthy behavior at thebeginning of the 35 year research period, there would have been a 13 percentdrop in dementia, a 12 percent drop in diabetes, and a 5 percent reduction indeaths. 


“We have known forsome time that what is good for your heart is also good for your head, and thisstudy provides more evidence to show that healthy living could significantlyreduce the chances of developing dementia,” study author Doug Brown advised.


This highlights theimportance of beginning healthy habits, no matter how small, as soon as able toensure longevity and quality of life for a longer period than if poor healthhabits continue. 





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