“Reader’s Digest partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to survey approximately 1,600 people during the month of May 2015 about their brain health and their knowledge of how lifestyle habits affect cognitive decline and dementia…respondents seemed to think they had more control over their heart health than their brain health: While 84 percent of people strongly agreed that there were things they could do to keep their heart healthy and 81 percent of people strongly agreed that there were things they could do to keep their lungs healthy, only 72 percent of people felt there were things they could do to keep their brains healthy.
They also prioritized heart health over brain health: 58 percent of respondents said that the heart was the most important organ from a health perspective. (The brain was deemed the second-most important, at 33 percent. Lungs, muscles, skin, and breasts each came in at less than 5 percent).”
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