Our dietary and workout routines can affect each and every part of our body. As we age this becomes more and more important as we focus on ways to keep our body in good shape as well as our cognitive abilities.
A recent study was published in a journal by the American College of Cardiology, that looked at the relationship between Cardiovascular risk factors and cognitive ability as we age. Risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity showed more of a cognitive decline compared with people who had healthier hearts.
Although these risk factors pose a threat, they’re manageable and there are ways that you can improve your health.
Regular exercise has numerous benefits for not only your heart health, but your overall health. Even doing something as simple as going for a vigorous walk for 30 minutes a day can offer great results.
Avoid transfats and other unhealthy fats
Many of the heart healthy diets that doctors or health practioners recommend, focus on have lots of fruits, vegetables and lean or legume proteins. Generally, this means that you should try to reduce the amount of meals that are fried or have loads of unhealthy fats that you would see at fast-food joints or at restaurants.
Take care of your teeth
People with gum disease often have the same risk factors for heart disease, so be sure to brush and floss your teeth twice daily.
Improve your sleep
Poor sleep has been linked to cardiovascular risk factors like hypertension, insulin resistance and diabetes. It can also increase plaques that cause artery blockage