By Steven Reinberg
WEDNESDAY, 2/12/2020 recommended.
But those who grow up elsewhere and move to the Stroke Belt are less likely to succumb to the so-called cognitive impairment than they live there for the rest of their lives, the researchers found.
"When other studies are also looking, this study shows that attention needs to start earlier in life to manage, or better prevent, the risk factors of cognitive decline and not waiting for them to arrive. when you're in the 'golden year', "lead researcher Virginia Howard. She is an epidemiology professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health.
The Stroke Belt includes eight states with high stroke rates, namely Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
In these states, the rates of obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure tend to be higher than in other parts of the country, which can lead to a higher risk of stroke and subsequently reduced thinking, Howard said.
Many factors that impair brain health are similar to those that increase the risk of stroke and heart disease, she explained.
In the study, Howard's team collected data on nearly 11,500 people, the average age …