Reducing Your Risk of Memory Loss

Forgetting things from time to time is normal, but unusual forgetfulness that gets worse over time can be a more serious matter. Memory loss can be caused by medications, emotional disorders, injury or illness. If you’re experiencing memory loss, see your health care provider to determine a cause. 

In the meantime, here are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of developing memory problems:
  • Lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. 
  • Don’t smoke or abuse alcohol.
  • Get regular exercise. Physical activity at a moderate-intensity may help maintain blood flow to the brain and improve memory.
  • Maintain healthy eating habits. Eating more green leafy vegetables and less saturated fats has been shown to help brain function. A serving of vegetables is considered a cup of raw vegetables or two cups of leafy greens.
  • Reduce stress by maintaining social interactions.
  • Keep your brain active. Challenge your brain with activities like reading, writing or learning a new skill.

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