A worse Lifestyle for Brain Health Index score is linked to structural brain changes and impaired cognition

Takeaway

  • Elevated health- and lifestyle-based dementia risk correlates with markers of global brain atrophy, cerebrovascular pathology, and impaired cognitive function.

Why this matters

    Many dementia cases worldwide are attributable to modifiable risk factors; dementia risk scores could thus help to identify at-risk individuals and improve interventional management. This novel study reveals that the Lifestyle for brain health index accurately depicts individual lifestyle-related brain health which could ultimately improve brain health both at the personal level and in the overall population.