7 ways to protect your brain — and your thinking power

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Cardiovascular conditions — including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and abnormal heart rhythm — can raise your risk for dementias like Alzheimer’s disease. Photo: Pexels

(Eric B. Larson/ KP Washington Health Research Institute) — Want to maintain your thinking power over the long haul? Wearing a helmet can help prevent brain injuries that can lead to cognitive decline. But lack of exercise, poor diet, use of certain medications, and more can also put brain health at risk. 

Dr. Eric B. Larson, senior investigator and former executive director of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute is a leading expert on healthy aging.

He offers these tips for protecting your brain. Together, these strategies may even help you sidestep dementia as you age — or at least postpone its onset. (…)

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