Cutting back on vegetable protein tied to unhealthy ageing

Older adults who cut back on the amount of vegetable protein in their diets may be more likely to experience age-related health problems than their peers who increase the amount of plant protein they eat, a Spanish study suggests

Cutting back on vegetable protein tied to unhealthy ageingResearchers examined data on 1,951 people aged 60 and older who completed dietary surveys and questionnaires to detect four types of unhealthy ageing: functional impairments; reduced vitality; mental health issues; and chronic medical problems or use of health services. Participants provided this information in three waves: from 2008-2010, in 2012 and again in 2017. Overall, […]

Dementia risk higher in those who eat more trans fats, finds study

Artificial trans fats, or trans-fatty acids, are the primary source of trans fats in the diet and are the product of an industrial process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oil to make it solid

Dementia risk higher in those who eat more trans fats, finds studyA new study of older adults in a Japanese town has found that those whose blood contained higher levels of trans fats were more likely to develop dementia than those with lower levels. The researchers also found that sweet pastries were likely the biggest source of dietary trans fats in that population. There are two […]

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Can exercise slow down Alzheimer’s?

A proof-of-concept brain imaging study suggests that exercising four or five times a week may delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease in people who already have toxic build-ups of beta-amyloid protein

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Can exercise slow down Alzheimer’s?The new research is a 1-year randomized controlled trial led by Prof. Rong Zhang. The team published their findings in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Prof. Zhang is affiliated with the departments of neurology, neurotherapeutics, and internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. He and his team previously dedicated their […]

Does poor oral health impact brain function?

Oral health can be a surprisingly good indicator of a person's well-being. Not only can oral diseases reduce a person’s quality of life, but they can also increase the risk of other serious conditions

Does poor oral health impact brain function?Researchers have linked gum disease and tooth loss to the occurrence of stroke. An article published in the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology in 2010 concluded that gum disease could raise a person’s risk of heart disease by around 20%. It is, however, necessary to carry out more research in these areas. Teams at […]

Playing football helps improve bone health for prediabetes patients

Twice-weekly one-hour football training sessions combined with dietary guidance improve bone health in untrained 55 to 70-year-olds with prediabetes

Playing football helps improve bone health for prediabetes patientsFootball scores from all angles for untrained middle-aged and elderly women and men with prediabetes. This is the conclusion from a study carried out in the Faroe Islands by football researchers and physiologists from the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of the Faroe Islands. […]

Meditation can prove to be beneficial for adults with mild cognitive impairment

Research shows that adults with mild cognitive impairment who practice mindfulness meditation could experience a boost in cognitive reserve

Meditation can prove to be beneficial for adults with mild cognitive impairmentResearchers from Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA published a paper in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease that highlights their findings. While the study was small and only involved 14 participants, the team found an association between mindfulness meditation and signs of improved measures of cognition in adults with mild cognitive impairment […]

Testosterone may improve women’s sex lives after menopause, reveals study

A wide-ranging review of 36 trials found that testosterone may have profound positive effects on sexual function and well-being in postmenopausal women

Testosterone may improve women’s sex lives after menopause, reveals studyThis review, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, included blinded randomised controlled trials of testosterone treatment that had lasted for at least 12 weeks. In total, the research team analysed 46 reports of 36 trials that had collectively included 8,480 participants. The authors of the review found that the sexual health of postmenopausal women […]

Study links higher body weight later in life to faster brain ageing

A new study has identified an association between having a higher body mass and larger waist later in life, and a faster thinning of the cerebral cortex, which is a key characteristic of brain ageing

Study links higher body weight later in life to faster brain ageingHaving an unhealthy weight is a significant risk factor for many health problems, including developing metabolic conditions, such as diabetes, as well as cardiovascular problems. But could excess weight also be a risk factor for cognitive decline? This is the question that researchers from the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami in […]

Busy minds may be better at fighting dementia

Activities that keep the brain busy like using a computer, crafting, playing games and participating in social activities, appear to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70 and older

Busy minds may be better at fighting dementiaMentally stimulating activities can protect your brain against aging, even if you’re genetically predisposed toward dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reports. Activities that keep the brain busy — using a computer, crafting, playing games and participating in social activities — appear to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70 and […]

Joining a choir may help elders enjoy life, suggest researchers

Singing in a community choir may provide some psychological benefit to seniors, a small study suggest. Researchers had primarily hoped to see choir participation yield improvements in elderly people’s thinking skills and physical fitness, but that didn’t happen. They did, however, see improvements in loneliness and interest in life among seniors in the singing groups

Joining a choir may help elders enjoy life, suggest researchersThe study was conducted at 12 senior centers serving racially and ethnically diverse communities in and around San Francisco. Half of the centers were randomly selected for the choir program; the others served as a control group. Ultimately, 208 people participated in the choirs and 182 in the control group. None of them had been […]
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