Think Before It Shrinks: Brain Secrets of ‘Super-Agers’
April 10, 2019
It’s true the human brain shrinks as you age. It’s not because brain cells die, but because the junctions between nerve cells, called synapses, shrivel. With that withering comes forgetfulness, sometimes depression and even premature death in severe cases.
The good news is shrinkage can be slowed or even reversed with healthy habits, particularly improving your heart health, managing blood sugar, improving your sleep – and challenging your mind.
In fact, researchers studying “super-agers” – people in their 70s and 80s who have the mental capacity of those decades younger – found that embracing new mental challenges helped preserve brain tissue and function.