Healthy heart at young age may impact on health brain
Heart health in young adults leads to a healthier brain in later life. According to the researchers, everyone can make adjustments at a young age to the brain to protect it.
For the study were 518 persons followed by researchers from the Northern University of Freiburg over a period of thirty years. They were given their weight, height, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Also, they were asked about smoking habits, their diet and their physical activity. These seven indicators play a role in a healthy heart according to the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 matrix.
The results were two to five years kept, and after 25 years was a brain scan. The researchers write that a healthy heart at a young age have a greater brain volume and a smaller volume of brain tissue. The average brain volume in relation to the total size of the brain is an indication for a healthy brain. The larger the volume, the healthier the brain.
Each point less in the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 matrix roughly corresponds to an extra year to hersenleeftijd, according to researchers.