Healthy lifestyle benefits memory

31 May 2013

New healthcare research from UCLA has revealed a direct link between lifestyle choices and memory retention. The poll found that healthy eating and regular exercise resulted in better memory abilities, as well as decreased risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Surprisingly, older age groups reported practicing healthier habits than young adults between 18 to 39 years old.

Dr Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Centre, said: “These findings reinforce the importance of educating young and middle-aged individuals to take greater responsibility for their health - including memory - by practicing positive lifestyle behaviours earlier in life.”

Researchers believe older adults exercise more to compensate for years of bad habits. Furthermore, many respondents are simply acting on doctors’ orders to adopt healthier lifestyles in order to relieve memory problems.

In addition to regular exercise and healthy lifestyle choices, daily vitamin intake could affect memory. Research suggests that vitamin D deficiency could impair cognitive function and concentration. Consider a vitamin level test to ensure your diet is balanced enough to provide essential vitamins and minerals.

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Posted by Philip Briggs

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