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11/30/08

Sharp Advice: Keeping Your Brain Healthy

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This week's "Sharp Advice" is about keeping your brain active and healthy.  Just as physical activity is good for the lungs, muscles and heart, learning is important for keeping the brain healthy. 

Covenant neurologist, Dr. Ahmad Sabouni, suggests some ways to keep your mind active.  Dr. Ahmad Sabouni says, "Physical exercise has been found to induce the connection between the neurons and the brain that make the patient sharper and collectively much better.  The other one is mental training or mental exercise like solving of puzzles, keeping the brain busy as much as they can".

So what should you do if you feel that you are losing your memory?  Dr. Sabouni advises, "What they can do is try to avoid the risk factors like hypertension, diabetes, they've been drinking too much alcohol, or using pain medications, try to cut down on those as much as they can and try to keep their brain busy.  And again, the physical exercise, the good nutrition all of those can help to prevent them from having problems in their memory".

If you think you are experiencing memory loss, Dr. Sabouni recommends that you contact your physician for a consultation. 

From your friends at Covenant Health System, I'm Marsha Sharp reminding you that when it comes to good health, the ball is in your court.

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