Scientists have figured out how to slow down memory decline in those over 60
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Scientists at the National Center for Neurological Disorders in Beijing, after a decade of research, have learned how to slow down the decline in the memory of people over 60, writes The Guardian.
It is noted that scientists followed 29,000 adults over 60 years of age who took part in the China Study on Cognition and Aging.
At the beginning of the study, people were tested for the presence of the AROE gene, which is the strongest risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Subjects were then followed up for 10 years with periodic checks.
A healthy lifestyle score was calculated combining six factors:
- healthy eating;
- regular exercise;
- active social contact;
- cognitive activity;
- do not smoke;
- do not drink alcohol.
Eating at least seven of the 12 food groups: fruits, vegetables, fish, meat was considered a healthy diet , dairy products, salt, vegetable oil, eggs, cereals, legumes, nuts, and tea.
Writing, reading, playing cards or other games at least twice a week were the second area of healthy behavior.
Other areas included avoidance of alcohol, exercise more than 150 minutes of moderate-intensity sports or more than 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise.
Social contacts by at least twice a week were the sixth healthy behaviors, including activities such as visiting family and friends, meeting or partying.
It was noted that healthy diet had the strongest effect on slowing down memory impairment, followed by cognitive activity, and then exercise.
Prepared by: Sergey Daga