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— We have previously explored how exercise can improve sleep. Now we’ll look at other ways exercise is beneficial for brain health. With warm weather and that summer wardrobe right around the corner, exercise might be on your mind these days. Did you know that in addition to maintaining a healthy weight, exercise exerts powerful effects on your brain? Many experts agree that achieving cardiovascular health though regular aerobic exercise may be the most impactful way to reduce your risk of …

— Good news for those who have a genetic link to Alzheimer’s disease – and even those who don’t: add better sleep (and improved brain health!) to the long list of benefits of exercise. A recent study indicates that aerobic exercise may improve sleep patterns, especially among those with the genetic variant APOE e4, a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Interestingly, sleep problems may be exacerbated by the presence of this genetic variant. Researchers in Canada designed a pilot study …

—   You’ve probably heard that eating a Mediterranean-pattern diet is good for you. It’s good for cardiovascular health, good for avoiding diabetes, good for the health of your gut, good for longevity, and that it’s protective against dementia. Let’s take a look at why. Research Observational research tells us that older adults who eat the most “Mediterranean” compared to the least are equivalent to being 7.5 years younger on average in terms of health and cognition. We also know from …

— During the winter months, the shorter days and colder weather limit our exposure to vitamin D. Unfortunately, this often leads to vitamin D deficiency which can affect our brain health. Vitamin D is produced when ultra violet sunlight makes contact with our skin. And studies have indicated that most of us, especially if we religiously use sunscreen in the summer months and live far from the equator, are likely deficient in vitamin D. This may be especially true if we …

—   In recognition of November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, this is blog post #4 of 4 in my series, to highlight Alzheimer’s research and shed light on ways we can preserve our brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in Denmark recently reviewed a nationwide study to examine the relationship between pre-eclampsia (the onset of hypertension during pregnancy) and diagnosis of dementia later in life. Subjects included all women in Denmark with at least one pregnancy lasting …

—   In recognition of November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, this is blog post #3 of 4 in my series, to highlight Alzheimer’s research and shed light on ways we can preserve our brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Feeling ‘foggy’ after a sleepless night? There’s some science behind that. A large body of research links poor sleep and sleep issues (like apnea) to increased risk of Alzheimer’s, and it’s estimated that 15% of Alzheimer’s may be attributable …

—   In recognition of November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, this is blog post #2 of 4 in my series, to highlight Alzheimer’s research and shed light on ways we can preserve our brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study has found that experiencing major stress in childhood may increase the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Researchers from Finland recently analyzed data from an existing study – the population-based Kuopio Ischemic …

—   November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and my patients sometimes bring questions about studies gaining attention in the media. This month, I will highlight four studies which I find interesting, to shed light on ways we can preserve our brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in Taiwan recently carried out a study among subjects with a history of stroke and who had taken statin medications, which are prescribed to treat high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. An …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6 p.m. CT If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

—   As research continues to explore the connections between lifestyle choices and Alzheimer’s disease, here’s a quick list of 10 ways to reduce your risk. Know your Risk: Genetics, gender, and a host of modifiable risk factors have been attributed to Alzheimer’s disease. Consult with a neurologist about assessing your own personal risk factors; if you need help getting started, visit www.northshore.org/brainhealth. Commit to Lifelong Learning: Learning new things – even in your sixties and seventies and beyond – keeps …