Fit Body at 40 Keeps Brain Bright at 60

Tests show higher midlife fitness levels tied to greater brain volume, function decades later

By Maureen Salamon | HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who are fit in their 40s seem to retain more brain volume two decades later and also perform better on decision-making tests, new research suggests.

The analysis of more than 1,200 participants who were tracked for more than 20 years showed that those with lower fitness levels at midlife had smaller brain volumes in their 60s — a sign of accelerated brain aging. Continue reading Fit Body at 40 Keeps Brain Bright at 60

Heavy Drinking May Cause More Strokes Than Hypertension Does in Mid-Life

Cynthia Fox, Science Writer

Many studies indicate two or fewer alcoholic beverages a day may be good for men’s hearts. But a new paper suggests danger could be a heartbeat away: more than two drinks a day in middle age may raise men’s stroke risk more than hypertension (high blood pressure, HBP) or diabetes does. Furthermore, it  raises risk early on, whereas stroke risk from HBP begins at age 75; diabetes, age 80.

And women? Their stroke risk rises if they drink more than a single alcoholic beverage a day. Continue reading Heavy Drinking May Cause More Strokes Than Hypertension Does in Mid-Life

25 signs you’ve hit middle age

When 50-year-olds are having babies and tweens are running business empires, is there still such a thing as middle age? Yes, and here’s how you know you’ve hit it.

By Oliver Roberts | Times Live

1) You’ve started typing SMSes using text speak to show you’re up-to-date.

2) You’ve developed an interest in vitamins and tonics and quite enjoy going to the chemist for a browse.

3) You know it’ll be a challenge, but you’ve decided to take up the violin. Continue reading 25 signs you’ve hit middle age

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