PRO­TEC­TION

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Science -

Ab­so­lutely the best thing you can do to pre­serve your brain is to pro­tect it from in­jury. This may sound ob­vi­ous, but the long-term ef­fects of brain trauma are only just be­ing recog­nised.

Ac­cord­ing to Head­way, the brain in­jury char­ity, about one mil­lion peo­ple in the UK cur­rently live with mem­ory loss, con­fu­sion and psy­chosis due to brain in­juries that may have hap­pened years be­fore. Peo­ple with a his­tory of brain in­juries suf­fer ear­lier cog­ni­tive de­cline and suc­cumb to de­men­tia ear­lier than oth­ers, and – scar­ily – they are at least three times as likely as oth­ers to go to prison.

Falls, sports-re­lated in­ci­dents and road ac­ci­dents are the main causes of head in­jury. So the first, sim­plest thing you can do for your brain is to wear sen­si­ble shoes and a pro­tec­tive hel­met when you are cy­cling or do­ing any kind of sport where there’s a chance of get­ting your head bashed.

“About one mil­lion peo­ple in the UK live with mem­ory loss, con­fu­sion, and psy­chosis due to brain in­juries that may have hap­pened years be­fore”

Pro­tect­ing your brain from in­jury is prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant step you can take

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