Brain Aging

This Health Flash is from Dr. Betty Kamen, PhD & Dr. Michael Rosenbaum, MD—Nutrition Hint #2239 from Betty’s website: www.bettykamen.com. With the celebration of my mother-in-law’s 100th birthday and her amazing ability to remember almost every important event in her life and her ability to do puzzles, knitting, crypto-quotes, etc., this health flash seems appropriate. Her brain seems “ageless!”

“Reactions to stress affect brain aging, and this occurs through hormonal effects. In this context, stress includes a cumulative effect of your lifestyle: what you eat, what you drink, if you smoke, how well you sleep, whether you are physically active…The effects we know about include impairment of memory, shrinkage of the hippocampus and impaired glucose.”

As you can see, stress is involved in every aspect of our lives, with good nutrition as only one aspect. While my website focuses mainly on diet, there are many aspects of life for keeping stress at bay. Thanks, Betty!

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