New Delhi, March 14 (ANI): This is another reason to put aside unhealthy addictions. According to a recent study, the factors that influence the health of our blood vessels, such as smoking, high blood pressure and pulse, obesity and diabetes, are related to less healthy brains. The study examined associations between seven vascular risk factors and differences in the structures of parts of the brain. The strongest links were with areas of the brain that are known to be responsible for our more complex thinking skills and that deteriorate during the development of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The researchers, led by Simon Cox, a research associate at the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom), examined magnetic resonance imaging of brains of 9,772 people, aged 44 to 79, who participated in the study of the UK Biobank, one of the largest groups of people in the general population who have available data on brain imaging, as well as medical and general health information. All had been scanned by a single scanner in Cheadle, Manchester, and most of the participants were from northwest England. This is the world's largest single-scan study on multiple vascular risk factors and structural brain imaging. The researchers looked for associations between brain structure and one or more vascular risk factors, which included smoking, high blood pressure, high pulse pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol levels and obesity, as measured by the body mass index (BMI) and the waist-hip ratio. . According to Cox, lifestyle factors are much easier to change than things like their genetic code, which seem to affect susceptibility to worse brain deterioration and cognitive aging. All of these factors have been linked to complications with the blood supply to the brain, which could lead to a reduction in blood flow and the abnormal changes observed in Alzheimer's disease.
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