Taking care of brain health can prevent deaths

More than 120,000 people in Spain are at risk of living or dying with a disability this year because they do not take care of their brain health. as warned by Spanish Neurological Society (YOU ARE).

In fact, more than 50 percent of the population over the age of 50, a chronic disease and according to data from SEN, neurological diseases They are responsible for 44 percent of chronic disease-related disability and 50 percent of years lost due to disability.

“As we get older, we are more likely to suffer from some type of chronic neurological disease, because age is one of the risk factors most often associated with the occurrence of these diseases. But while age is not a factor we can change, there are many other risk factors for the development of these diseases,” says Dr. Jesus Portal.

As he puts it, “the carry is proven proven. brain-healthy lifestyle Many neurological diseases are preventable”. In fact, up to 90 percent of stroke cases, or more than 30 percent of Alzheimer’s and epilepsy cases, are preventable (reducing the more than 120,000 new cases that occur each year in Spain, of these three diseases only) if the population realizing the importance of taking good care of the brain. “And even more so if we’ve been doing it since childhood, it’s never too late to start,” she says.

Mediterranean diet may be a protective factor against brain disease

According to him, one of the biggest keys in preventing the onset of neurological diseases is, promoting cognitive reservewell, stimulate the brain with activities that help increase connectivity between neurons.

For this, it is necessary to engage in activities that allow the brain to exercise so that it can work more efficiently. “And this is done by any intellectual activityThe president of SEN, Dr. José Miguel Láinez explains: “Just as we all know that taking time to exercise is essential to improving bodily health, we should all know that it is imperative spending time improving our brain health“, Add.

but the brain also benefits from other healthy lifestyle habits. “In addition to intellectual inactivity, other factors that play a role in the onset of neurological diseases are physical inactivity, smoking, hypertension, alcohol consumption, depression, diabetes or air pollution. Therefore, staying away from these factors, following the Mediterranean diet, have a good mood and seeking socializationWe will help reduce the prevalence and progression of many neurological diseases,” says Dr. Porta.

Neurological diseases are also responsible. 23 percent of your life was lost Early death is the cause of 19 percent of deaths that occur each year in Spain. Likewise, according to the latest report of SEN in 2018, deaths from neurological diseases have continued to increase in the last 10 years. 18.5 percent. Stroke and Alzheimer’s are neurological diseases that lead the list of mortality.

“As more than 30 percent of the Hispanic population is predicted to be over the age of 65 by 2050, the number of patients with neurological diseases will increase considerably if precautions are not taken. Estimates show this in 2050. Alzheimer’s incidence will triple and over the next 10 years there will be a 45 percent increase in deaths from stroke and a 25 percent increase in the number of people with disabilities who survive strokes. Therefore, despite aging, it should be everyone’s responsibility to think about it. try to maintain good brain health this allows us to live with the best possible quality of life,” says Dr. Jose Miguel Lainez.

Seven tips from SEN to keep the brain healthy

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  1. Perform tasks that stimulate brain activity such as reading, writing, memorizing phone numbers, playing board games, doing manual activities, completing puzzles…
  2. Practice some type of physical activity with a specific sport or one or two walks for at least 30 minutes a day.
  3. Strengthen social and emotional relationships by avoiding isolation, social isolation and stress.
  4. Maintain a balanced diet by reducing animal fats and salt while increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.
  5. Develop healthy lifestyle habits, such as getting eight hours of sleep a day or limiting alcohol consumption.
  6. Control hypertension, which is the main risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.
  7. Protect the brain from outside attacks by always wearing a seat belt or motorcycle helmet


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