Ground-breaking study links brain health to genetics

Analyzing extended families can help us learn how to age gracefully.

It has been widely assumed that our ability to age gracefully is tied to genetics, though there are plenty of steps people in Houston can take to enjoy better health and happiness as time goes on. Who hasn't looked to their parents or grandparents for a window into what they can expect further down the road?

However, before now, there has not actually been conclusive evidence tying genetic heritage and age-related cognitive decline. Recently the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a joint study from San Antonio's Texas Biomedical Research Institute and Yale University School of Medicine, which analyzed patterns of memory loss, volume decline and other neurological issues among large extended families.

The markers of "profound aging effects" that were reviewed among participants between 18 and 83 years old included "neurocognitive ability and brain white matter measure," and the researchers found that, even when allowing for environmental elements, there were common patterns among family members, a press release from the Texas Biomedical Research Institute states.

"A key advantage of this study is that we specifically focused on large extended families and so we were able to disentangle genetic from non-genetic influences on the aging process," said Yale University associate professor David Glahn, PhD, in the release.

By better understanding the factors that influence the aging process, medical professionals can further tailor existing treatments to ward off decline. To learn more about hormone pellet implants, nutritional guidelines and other variables that may help you feel better as you grow older, contact Longevity Centres of America in Houston today.