brainandheartProtecting your heart can also protect your brain. A study from The Archives of Neurology found that having higher good cholesterol (HDL) may lower one’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

While many doctors are hesitant to claim a healthy heart’s protective powers against Alzheimer’s, many believe that there is a connection between the two. The thought among some physicians is that excess bad cholesterol in the blood may lead to increased bad cholesterol in the brain, promoting production of plaques, which leads to Alzheimer’s.

It’s also believed that high blood pressure (above 140/90) increases the risk of Alzheimer’s by damaging blood vessels. The blood vessels become stiffer and may lead to a decreased amount of nutrients that get to the brain. Medications and lifestyle changes that have been used to promote heart health may protect brain health as well.

Learn more about heart health maintenance and specialized Alzheimer’s care, both provided by the caregivers at Regency Home Care of North Atlanta. If you already have a loved one living with Alzheimer’s, dementia or heart disease, Regency Home Care can work with your family to create a plan of care that best suits your loved one’s needs through any stage. Call us today at 678.999.2446 or contact Regency Home Care of Georgia.