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Active and Healthy Lifestyle May Help Offset Cognitive Decline

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A study looks at how a healthy and active lifestyle can impact cognitive decline. Justin Paget/Getty Images
  • A new study finds being active can help offset signs of cognitive decline.
  • A new study found being physically active, eating well, and avoiding smoking and alcohol can all help slow mental decline.
  • Even people diagnosed with dementia had less decline by taking on these healthy habits.

It’s well known that a healthy lifestyle can have a tremendous impact on our physical and mental health, and new research shows it may keep our brains sharper as we age, too.

The study, published in JAMA Neurology February 5, found that healthy lifestyle choices — being physically active, eating well, avoiding smoking and limiting alcohol consumption — may slow cognitive decline, even in people with neuropathologies like dementia.

More research is needed to understand why lifestyle factors have this impact, but

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