And brain health awareness, too!
At this time, there is no drug or treatment to prevent Alzheimer’s or dementia. The best advice is that what is good for your heart is good for your brain, too.
Related post: Don’t buy supplements to prevent Alzheimer’s
Embracing a healthy lifestyle is our best chance to reduce the risk of developing dementia as we age.
, a calorie-appropriate diet full of moderate physical exercise every day , and lots of mental stimulation. a wide variety of nutrients Related post: Do “brain games” prevent dementia?
Socializing and mental exercises help improve brain …
I’m spending the day online getting some gift shopping done, and I thought I’d post about some of the healthcare books and gifts I’m buying for friends and family this year.
I use Amazon a lot (Prime, so I get free 2-day shipping), and I have to include a disclosure here that the following links will take you to my Amazon Associates page. That said, I’m not trying to make any money with my blog, so if you can find these products for better prices elsewhere, great!
For the sleep deprived
As someone who has battled insomnia most of her …
Continue reading I just finished reading a really gripping and emotional story— by journalist Susannah Cahalan. (Soon to be a movie!) Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
As a twenty-something cub reporter in New York, Ms. Cahalan began experiencing strange, seemingly unconnected symptoms, such as forgetfulness, paranoia and the sensation that bugs were crawling on one side of her body.
The details of her weeks’ long medical journey—which she had to piece together from medical records, her parents’ journals, and the recollections of friends, doctors and nurses because she couldn’t remember most of it—are a pretty frightening look at today’s fragmented …
Continue reading It’s Stroke Awareness Month!
, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) want you to be aware of the most common stroke symptoms, and know what to do if you see them. National Stroke Awareness Month
The five most common symptoms, which tend to come on suddenly, are:
Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially when on just one side of the body; Confusion, including having trouble speaking or understanding; Trouble seeing, in one or both eyes; Dizziness, having trouble walking or balancing; Headache, especially pain
Continue reading The wellness blog in the New York Times had an article about brain health that has strengthened my resolve to exercise every day. Walk, Jog or Dance: It’s All Good For the Aging Brain
It turns out that regular walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and even gardening may substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
The author is referring to
a recently published study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The study looked at 10 years’ worth of lifestyle data, including exercise levels, on 900 men and women over the age of 65. Over the course of those 10 years, the …
Tomorrow night at 10pm, PBS is premiering a documentary about the history and treatment of bipolar disorder:
Ride the Tiger—A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain. Watch this video on YouTube
It’s hard to find a family that hasn’t been affected by this condition, yet it’s still poorly understood and challenging to diagnose and treat.
The show looks at genetics, diagnosis and treatment, and features many highly accomplished people living with the condition.
The PBS webpage also offers resources for more information about bipolar disorder.
I will certainly be watching!
Continue reading For years I’ve heard that blueberries are good for brain health. Which is great, because I love blueberries and try to work them into my diet several times a week.
So I was happy to
read the results of some new research that supports the connection between blueberries and the human brain.
Most blueberry studies to date have been performed on animals, but two recent studies—funded in part by the
National Institute on Aging and the blueberry industry—used human subjects.
One study used adults over the age of 68. Half ate the equivalent of 1 cup of blueberries daily for …
March 6th to 13th is National Sleep Awareness Week.
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) sponsors the week
(#7Days4BetterSleep) to raise awareness of the health benefits of a good night’s sleep.
As if we didn’t know!
But if you need a reminder, here’s
a TED-Ed video about the effects of sleep deprivation:
Good sleep habits are best learned at a young age. If you are a parent, help your kids find a healthy balance between all their activities and their sleep needs.
The NSF has lots of information about sleep, as well as sleep tips … Continue reading I’ve previously posted that Nexium and similar acid-reducing drugs, the PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack .
a new study has confirmed a connection between PPIs and dementia.
The patients receiving regular PPI medication…had a significantly increased risk of incident dementia compared with the patients not receiving PPI medication…
The avoidance of PPI medication may prevent the development of dementia.
The study specifically looked at PPI use in patients age 75 and older, who are frequently taking several prescription medications.
This is an important study, because as
the health news … Continue reading
A couple years ago my state, Washington, legalized pot.
It’s been a boon for tax revenue, for sure (
almost $83 million in the first year). And the state reports that it has saved millions of dollars by freeing up law enforcement resources.
Judging from the lines in front of the pot stores (green crosses are everywhere!), pot is really popular here, across a wide range of ages.
But apart from its commercial success, and the fact that it’s
given us more stoned drivers, the law concerns me because it seems to promote the idea that smoking pot … Continue reading