Researchers speculate that reduced lung health could lower the availability of oxygen in the blood, which affects chemicals that transmit signals between brain cells.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 23, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new health breakthrough that shows that keeping the lungs healthy may be an important way to keep such mental abilities as problem-solving and processing speed strong as the body ages.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/brain-function-articles/healthy-lungs-strong-brain), the facts come from a Swedish study that tracked patients for nearly two decades. Over time, it came to light that reduced pulmonary function could lead to cognitive losses. Based on this, the researchers say that doing anything to maintain lung function will help benefit cognitive performance. However, the study also notes that a drop in lung health was not linked to impaired memory.
As noted in the article “Healthy Lungs = Strong Brain,” the study included 832 adults between 50 and 85 years old. Researchers measured how much air a person can push out of the lungs in one second, and the volume of air exhaled after a deep inhalation. Meanwhile, they measured the brain’s stored knowledge, memory, spatial abilities related to problem-solving, and processing speed (including the ability to write correct responses quickly).
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that results showed clear links between a decline in lung function and steeper losses in problem-solving and processing speed. Researchers speculate that reduced lung health could lower the availability of oxygen in the blood, which affects chemicals that transmit signals between brain cells.
The article also notes that key ways to keep the lungs healthy include not smoking, exercising regularly, eating healthy, and limiting exposure to environmental pollutants.
(SOURCE: Emery, C., et al., “Pulmonary Function as a Cause of Cognitive Aging,” Psychological Science September 2012; 23: 1,024–1,032.)
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