Hard work may have this disturbing effect on your brain health

Everyone wants to live a healthy lifestyle for a variety of reasons. Whether you want to stay healthy, get in shape, or cure an illness, having a diet filled with nutritious food and exercising is often key to achieving that.

Living a healthy lifestyle has also been said to help prevent serious conditions like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and dementia. 

Dementia is one of the most commonly covered illnesses, given that over 50 million people develop it over the course of their lifetime. Of those people, 60-70% have Alzheimer’s disease.

If you’re unfamiliar, dementia refers to the deterioration of someone’s memory and thinking. They also have difficulty maintaining their previous behaviors and ability to perform everyday activities.

Symptoms of dementia in the early stages include forgetfulness, losing track of time, and getting lost in places they are familiar with.

As the syndrome progresses, the person may forget loved one’s names or not remember a conversation they were just having.

They could even get lost in their own home or need help with personal care tasks. Towards the end of their battle, they can have difficulty walking, be unaware of their surroundings or the time and place, and have mannerisms, like aggression, that they did not have previously.

Prevention measures for dementia include:

  • Regular exercise
  • Healthy diet
  • Not smoking or using alcohol in a harmful way
  • Controlling BMI
  • Maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels
  • Keep your brain active with hobbies, reading, and crossword puzzles
  • Stay social with family and friends, community events, Church, and support groups
  • Some doctors will recommend that you take aspirin each day

In the past, many people have correlated hard physical labor with being healthier. This is especially the case when it comes to preserving the cognitive function of the brain.

However, new studies have found that the type of labor can make a difference.

Study finds opposing view

U.S. News and World Report states that researchers from the University of Copenhagen have correlated a 55% higher chance of developing dementia for those participating in hard physical labor compared with those who work in a more sedentary state.

No longer is it thought that any physical labor will help to preserve brain health. 

The World Health Organization still references physical activity as important in your routine. But, if you work too hard, it’ll only hurt your risk of developing dementia overall.

The organization is calling for health authorities and advocates to differentiate between the types of physical activity that can be beneficial when they make their recommendations to the public.

It’s also essential to identify the difference between the effects of physical labor for your day job and physical activity in your spare time. 

The study has expanded into finding healthier ways to complete hard physical labor in the workplace.

They have found that people who have these jobs tend to struggle with their weight, pain, and physical fitness despite being active in their line of work.

Experts recommend combining strength training, low-impact exercise, and additional lifestyle factors like diet, with education about health to combat this group’s increased risk for dementia.