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Mak­ing life­style changes at any age can keep you health­ier for longer, and Fin­nish re­searchers have found that it may pro­tect cog­ni­tive de­cline. A study of more than 1000 adults aged 66-77 found those who re­ceived en­hanced life­style coun­selling – in­clud­ing nu­tri­tion coun­selling, phys­i­cal and cog­ni­tive ex­er­cises and sup­port in manag­ing the risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases – had a sig­nif­i­cantly lower risk of cog­ni­tive and phys­i­cal im­pair­ment, com­pared to those who just re­ceived reg­u­lar coun­selling. Re­searchers also found that even among par­tic­i­pants with the E4 vari­ant of the ApoE gene – mak­ing them ge­net­i­cally pre­dis­posed to de­velop Alzheimer’s – en­hanced life­style coun­selling also pre­vented cog­ni­tive de­cline.

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