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Higher Education Level May Help Brain Cope With Dementia
Physical changes occur in all aging brains, but more schooling seems to delay symptoms, study found
(HealthDay News) — People with higher levels of education are better able to cope with dementia-related brain changes, which may explain why better-educated folks have a lower risk of developing dementia, researchers say.
Previous research has shown that each additional year of education is associated with an 11 percent reduced risk of developing dementia. But it wasn’t clear whether higher levels of education itself or other factors related to it — such as better lifestyle and financial status — actually protected the brain against dementia.
The new study found that people with different levels of education experience the same dementia-related brain changes, but those with more education are better able to compensate for the effects of the brain disorder.
Heart Health Can Help Predict Brain Health
Poorer cardiac output correlates to lower brain volume, study finds
(HealthDay News) — What’s good for the heart is probably also good for the brain, suggests new research.
People with the highest cardiac output for their body size (cardiac index), meaning those with the greatest blood flow from their heart, tended to have more brain volume, which generally indicates a healthier brain.
In fact, the researchers said that people with the lowest cardiac output showed nearly two more years of brain aging than did those with the highest cardiac output.
What’s more, this connection held true even in people who had no known heart disease.