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