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Heart Disease Test May Predict Dementia Better than Cognitive Tests

Heart Disease Test

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  • Heart disease and stroke risk tests had a stronger association with dementia risk according to a new study, suggesting that they are better tools for predicting future cognitive decline than the dementia risk test.
  • Chronic degenerative conditions like heart disease and dementia often have underlying commonalities, such as insulin resistance.
  • Many of the risk factors associated with heart disease are also associated with poor brain health as you age – poor diet, for instance.
  • Many of the preventive strategies for heart disease and dementia are overlapping as well, so eating right, exercising and making other lifestyle changes will help reduce your risk of both diseases.

By Dr. Mercola

At first glance, heart disease and dementia may seem to have little in common, but these two chronic degenerative conditions appear to have a common underlying thread.

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