Heart risk in young adulthood linked to cognitive decline in mid-life

4 years ago
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A new study has linked elevated heart risks during young adulthood with lower cognitive function in mid-life.

Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco performed long-term studies to look at things like blood pressure, cholesterold levels and blood sugar during ages 18 to 30 and found correlations to mental function over the next 25 years. The cognitive tests measured memory, thinking speed and mental flexibility.

Why?

High cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure are major risk factors for atherosclerosis (narrowing of the articles due to plaque).

On another note--and I have no idea why they included this: the Monday after daylight savings time has 25% more heart attacks.

Here's what I read:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/274889.php

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