Heart-healthy habits linked with lower dementia risk

Seven factors for heart health seem to work for the brain too

Older adults with heart-healthy habits may be less likely to develop dementia, a French study suggests.

Researchers focused on seven recommendations from the American Heart Association for optimal cardiovascular health: not smoking; regularly exercising; routinely eating fish, fruits, and vegetables; avoiding excess weight; and maintaining healthy blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

For an average of 8.5 years, they followed more than 6,6oo people aged 65 or older who didn't have dementia at the start. During the study, 745 people, or about