SimpleScience@Heart: What’s bad for your heart may be bad for your brain
What’s bad for your heart – smoking, diabetes and other heart disease risk factors – also may be bad for your brain.
In a new study, people with the most heart disease risk factors performed only half as well on brain function tests compared to people with fewer risk factors.
- Being older, having diabetes or bad cholesterol and smoking were linked to poor scores.
- Smoking and diabetes had the biggest negative impact on the brain.
- Heavy smokers had a lower brain function than light or non-smokers.
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