Ensuring Brain Health Before You Reach Old Age

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Updated: 4/17/2012 8:12 am
From the time we're born, everything that happens to us and around us impacts our brain. So, how do we keep our brains healthy?

Brain health specialists say the typical health advice- eating right, eating regularly, getting enough rest and doing varied activities- will do wonders for your brain health.

While there are many negative, environmental effects we can't control, like pollution, there are things plenty of specific things you can do.

Controlling chronic diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease, will help keep your brain healthier, longer.

Starting medical therapies young, before chronic health problems get out of control, will help protect blood vessels and lead to better brain health as we age.

"It's really important for people to realize that those diseases that don't hurt and don't bother you, they are doing something that could effect you down the road," says Dr. Dylan Wint, a brain health expert at Cleveland Clinic. "You want to retire and be happy when you retire not suffering from stroke or dementia."

Dr. Wint suggests everyone talk to their doctor to determine whether they are at risk for chronic disease and to learn how to prevent it or treat it.
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