IN YOUR DAILY DOSE: today is a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital that finds anxiety may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
MAKING CHANGES: Every choice you make has consequences - including the amount of sleep, the food you eat and how closely you hold your cell phone. Here are a few changes that may protect your neurological health.
FACT OR FICTION: Cigarettes cause cancer, lung disease and cause problems with your ability to breathe. However, did you know that doctors once prescribed tobacco? or what the statistics are about when you are more likely to start smoking?
In The News
Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found an association between rising levels of beta amyloid levels and worsening anxiety. It appears the rising levels increase levels of anxiety and are a precursor to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Past studies have predicted neuropsychiatric symptoms may predict the development of Alzheimer’s and this study finds these symptoms may appear nearly a decade prior to the symptoms of dementia.
Daily Health Tip
Protecting your brain health involves strategies you use daily and experience the benefits from over a lifetime.
There are several strategies you may consider to reduce your risk of dementia, including:
- Treat sleep apnea.
- Get between 7-9 hours of quality sleep.
- Reduce your exposure to electromagnetic radiation from phones and wifi routers.
- Stimulate your brain by doing puzzles and brain game apps.
- Exercise daily.
- Eat a diet high in healthy fat and low in carbohydrates with little refined sugar or fructose sugars.
- Protect your gut flora as there is a link between the health of your gut and your brain health.
I open my heart before I open my mouth.
I express my true feelings. I let my family and friends know how much they mean to me. Allowing myself to be vulnerable deepens my relationships.
Fact or Fiction?
In the 1920s and 30s doctors actually prescribe cigarettes to their patients to curb their appetite and anxiety. However, over the years new information caused the medical community to recognize the dangers and recommend their patients quit. Today we know that 9 out 10 smokers start before the age of 18. This means that if you can get past your 18th year without making the poor decision to light up, you’re probably home free. Doctors know that children aren’t capable of making decisions before 20 that affect their long term health and cigarette companies know it also. Although they help support programs to help you stop smoking, they know many people fail and more young people will pick up a cigarette and start their lifetime habit. Cigarettes are a billion dollar industry that ultimately kills the people who use them.
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team