As more and more awareness about healthy brain is underway, doctors are also seeing more and more number of patients coming to take advice on how to keep their brain healthy.
Dr N Ichaporia, consulting neurologist at Jehangir Hospital Pune, said, “Patients often come and ask me how to keep our brain young? Nowadays, I see awareness among people to not only keep their body healthy but also their brain healthy.”
While there are still research activities going on in the field of stem cell and other compounds which can be used to stop aging of the brain, doctors say that there is no such short cut yet discovered to stop brain’s aging.
“Four decades ago, Alzheimer’s was a disease which did not exist in India. But now we see a huge surge of Alzheimer’s. Your brain is the most important resource that you have and you should ensure that it remains healthy for a long period of time,” he added.
“The first step in keeping your brain young is never to retire. You may start pursuing some other pursuits, but do not retire. The day you retire, your brain’s deterioration starts. So keep your brain engaged. Keep yourself active in some or the other form of physical activity or exercise. One must need to do lifestyle changes like eating less of processed food, trying to reduce abdominal girth with some physical activity, avoiding exposure to pollution, taking good sleep, ensuring intake of micro-nutrients, alcohol moderation etc.”
There is no shortcut to keep your brain healthy, say experts. According to Dr Kaustubh Joag, consultant psychiatrist from Pune:
- There is no short cut, like some definitive medicine to stop brain’s aging and only when one takes some active steps that his or her brain’s aging can be prevented.
- Though there are more symptom based inquiries by patients, nowadays, we do see patients taking advice on how to keep their brain young.
- There are three important things to ensure that your brain remains healthy — a healthy lifestyle, appropriate nutritional intake and managing your mental stress.
Doctors also stressed that people should engage themselves socially to prevent depression which also affects the aging of brain.