None of us are getting any younger, but how we function now, may determine how we function in old age.

According to new research, your cognition (ability to think, remember, and make decisions), starts to decline in mid-life, but there may be way to identify brain health to preserve function (“Does your health,” 2019).

To study this, a group of adults that were the participants in the Epidemiology of Hearing Loss Study (a population-based study of aging), were analyzed; hearing, vision, and smell were all tests that were reviewed and associated with brain function (“Does your health,” 2019).

With over 2,000 participants, it was found that while their performance on cognitive tests was lower overall, their function was only mildly affected (“Does your health,” 2019).

“…participants who smoked, had larger waists, or had health issues related to inflammation or cardiovascular disease were more likely to show signs of brain aging…participants who exercised regularly or had more years of education were less likely to show signs of brain aging,” (“Does your health,” 2019).

Researchers stated that other physical diseases played into brain aging, but overall, having healthier lifestyles throughout your youth can help your aging process.

Reference: American Geriatrics Society. (2019, May 28). Does your health in middle age predict how healthy you’ll be later in life?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 2, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190528095240.htm

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