Mental health linked to heart health at all ages

Mental health linked to heart health at all ages

The healthier your heart is, the healthier your mind is.

“This association was already present in young adults aged 35 to 44 years.  These findings have important consequences because interventions designed to prevent or postpone cognitive decline may be most effective when started at a young age”
Dr Hanneke Joosten, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands.

“In the past, many people thought once somebody gets to a certain age we need to really work on certain risk factors, using these sort of arbitrary cut offs.  This paper gives us insight that this really is a continuous process.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually starts even younger than this”
John Higgins, MD, sports cardiologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

What did the 4,000-person, population-based ‘cardiovascular risk profile and cognitive function’ investigation find? 

The higher a person charted on the Framingham Risk Score (one of the world’s best heart disease predictor tests), the lower the overall cognitive function. 

Simply put; the worse your heart disease risk is, the poorer your cognitive function will be long term.

What runs your heart health and your mind?

Your genetic expression - in your gut - which is created by your diet.

Study by Dr. Hanneke Joosten, of University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands, and colleagues “Cardiovascular risk profile and cognitive function in young, middle-aged, and elderly subjects” as published in the June 2013 issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.  The researchers analyzed 3,778 individuals aged 35-82 participating in one survey of the Prevention of Renal and Vascular End-stage Disease (PREVEND) community-based cohort study.  As reported by MedPage Today on May 2, 2013.Stroke 2013; 44.


Posted: Friday 4 October 2013