I know that when I had my little boy, keeping in touch with friends and family became quite difficult,possibly due to my new routine. In addition in our techno world of downloads and constant plugged-in state I wonder if we are truly “connected” or just in touch. A new study conducted at Rush medical centre indicates that a high active social life in late life can ward off T SNP affects response to Folic acid supplementation” href=”http://pnutritionconsulting.com/2011/04/22/mthfr-677ct-snp-fails-to-reduce-homocysteine-levels/”>cognitive decline. The study was conducted in 1138 cognitively healthy adults over 5 years. At the end of the 5 years, those with the highest social activity showed the least cognitive decline. This is not altogether new information, but does emphasise the fact that we should maybe change the saying to “keep your family close but your social network closer”.
Alzheimer´s disease and Dementia are debilitating illnesses that are associated with cognitive decline especially with regards to learning and memory. As the baby boomers are entering into the 60´s, this fact becomes even more of a public health concern. There has already been talk about prescribing fruit and vegetables in the Dr´s offices and exercise prescription has already been implemented in several countries (not sure if this only applies to obesity though).Maybe the next step should be the prescription of social interaction programs to prevent this age of technology to leave us with the latest device and no real friends.
The evidence for Nutrigenomic testing in Brain health is mounting and it is an exciting area to follow. In the future this will be another strategy that will make it´s way to the clinical Nutrition offering, in order to intervene with dietary and lifestyle recommendations early on.
- Bryan D. James, Robert S. Wilson, Lisa L. Barnes, David A. Bennett. Late-Life Social Activity and Cognitive Decline in Old Age. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 2011; 1 DOI: 10.1017/S1355617711000531