Unlocking the Secrets of a Sharper Mind

, ,

A combination of healthy lifestyle choices can slow down memory decline and reduce the risk of dementia.

  • A decade-long study suggests that combining multiple healthy lifestyle choices such as:
    • Eating a healthy diet including consumption of at least seven out of 12 food groups: fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, dairy, salt, oil, eggs, cereals, legumes, nuts and tea.
    • Regular physical exercise for more than 150 minutes a week at moderate intensity or more than 75 at vigorous intensity.
    • Cognitive activity such as writing, reading, playing cards or other games at least twice a week.
    • Not smoking and not drinking alcohol.
    • Active social contact at least twice a week, including activities such as visiting family and friends, attending meetings or going to parties. may help slow the rate of memory decline and reduce the risk of dementia.
  • The study analyzed 29,000 adults aged over 60 with normal cognitive function.
  • People with four to six healthy behaviors or two to three were almost 90% and almost 30% respectively less likely to develop dementia or mild cognitive impairment relative to those who were the least healthy.
  • A healthy diet had the strongest effect on slowing memory decline, followed by cognitive activity and then physical exercise.
Scientifically reviewed

The article Unlocking the Secrets of a Sharper Mind has been scientifically fact-checked and all relevant references to the claims are through peer-reviewed journals, scholarly work, and research papers. All medical and scientific references have been mentioned in the references section. The article follows the editorial guidelines and policy of WYF. Recommendations made in Unlocking the Secrets of a Sharper Mind are meant to be general guidelines. In case you have any medical conditions, consult your doctor.