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How to protect your aging brain

By Jessica Firger | CBS News

Humans are now living longer than ever, and for this reason most of us want to know how to stay mentally sharp as we age. Certain genetic factors influence whether mental function diminishes as a person grows old. Thankfully, however, some of this is within our own control.

A new report from the Institute of Medicine examines how aging affects attention, thinking and decision-making. It also recommends steps you can take to reduce your risk for cognitive decline, and suggests that being proactive now will pay off in the future.

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ONE THING YOU CAN DO NOW TO KEEP YOUR BRAIN FROM SHRINKING LATER

Everyone’s brain shrinks as they get older — but there’s a way to lessen the effect.

There are a lot of good reasons to stay physically fit into middle age. Better sleep, muscle strength, heart health, and even mental performance are all perks of keeping up with exercise. And now, a new study shows that staying in shape in your 40s might even help protect your brain from shrinking later on in life. Continue reading ONE THING YOU CAN DO NOW TO KEEP YOUR BRAIN FROM SHRINKING LATER

THE DIET THAT POSTPONES BRAIN AGING

Study finds diet that gives brain fuel to repair age-related damage.

A high-fat diet can postpone brain aging in mice, a new study has found, but the results may also help fight Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Researchers have discovered that a high-fat diet — from fatty acids contained in coconut oil, or similar — gives brain cells extra fuel to burn, which helps its repair mechanism work more efficiently. Continue reading THE DIET THAT POSTPONES BRAIN AGING