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The Star Online: Lifestyle: Health

Five ways to keep your brain sharp as you age


Healthy behaviours have a far more beneficial effect than any medical treatment or preventive procedure, say researchers.

TO cut your risks of developing dementia by as much as two-thirds, a new study suggests the following five healthy lifestyle rules (in order of importance):

> Regular exercise.

> No smoking.

> Maintain a low body weight.

> Eat a healthy diet.

> Don't drink too much alcohol.

Sticking with four of the five habits could cut your risk of dementia and cognitive decline by 60%, as well as reduce your risks of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke by 70%.

Lead author Prof Peter Elwood, from Cardiff University's School of Medicine in Wales, Britain, said switching to a healthy lifestyle had a "far more beneficial effect than any medical treatment or preventive procedure".

"The size of reduction in the instance of disease owing to these simple healthy steps has really amazed us and is of enormous importance in an ageing population," he said.

"What the research shows is that following a healthy lifestyle confers surprisingly large benefits to health."

The study involved data from 2,235 men in South Wales over a 35-year period. The findings were published Dec 9 online in the journal PLoS ONE. – AFP Relaxnews


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