Health Update: Strength, Cognition and Dementia Risk



Hello again to everyone:

Here is some more information about how our brain and body are connected. I have written previously that muscle mass/strength is the most sensitive biomarker for how well we will be as we age. The more muscle mass that we carry into our older years, the better…especially for our brains!

In this new research article, they asked the question:

Is reduced muscle strength, as measured by handgrip strength, associated with higher risk of dementia, poorer neuroimaging outcomes, and reduced cognition in both men and women?”

And the answer was:

Findings:  This cohort study of 190 406 adults in the United Kingdom found associations for both men and women across multiple outcomes and with multiple adjustment strategies. Handgrip strength was associated with fluid intelligence, prospective memory, and dementia diagnoses; this association was most pronounced for vascular dementia.

MeaningThese findings add to a growing body of research suggesting that interventions designed to increase muscle strength, particularly among middle-aged adults, may hold promise for the maintenance of neurocognitive brain health.

Bottom Line:

 As part of a total health program, maintaining and/or increasing muscle mass and strength can be an essential part of staying cognitively healthy and assist in warding off dementia, brain fog and cognitive decline of most types. The simple thing to do is to make sure that you are keeping all of your muscles strong. Personally, I love yoga and I often add other types of muscle exercises that only require my body weight or elastic bands to create resistance and muscle strength. Remember to start slowly and gradually increase intensity and it is always a good idea to consult with a certified personal trainer or physical therapist to put together a strength program.

Also, gaining strength is an anti-inflammatory activity…start now and do not stop!! That is a big part of how you live longer and better so that we can fulfill our life purpose and be of good service to our world and our Creator.

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