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July 2016 Issue

Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain

New research suggests that protecting your heart may also help protect your brain. Researchers followed more than 1,000 individuals with an average age of 72 and found that those who met more goals for heart-healthy living, established by the American Heart Association (AHA), showed faster thinking skills and exhibited less deterioration in brain processing speed, memory and executive function (focusing, planning, organization, time management, and other cognitive skills) at the study follow-up six years later. The AHA heart-healthy goals include managing blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels; maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthful diet, engaging in physical activity, and not smoking.

- Journal of the American Heart Association, March 2016