Taking steps to keep your mind sharp is an important part of aging gracefully, as memory loss, confusion and other signs of cognitive decline can significantly limit your quality of life you as you grow older. Research has shown that a healthy diet with plenty of omega-3, along with regular aerobic exercise, can do a lot to preserve your mental faculties. However, these habits alone may not be enough to counter other elements at play.

According to a study released by the Endocrine Society this October, researchers have discovered that hormone levels have a substantial effect on whether an individual contracts Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia. A press release from the association states that a diminished amount of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1)  – a compound that moderates the production and effect of human growth hormones in the body – has been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, specifically among older men.

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that one in eight senior citizens in America is living with the disorder, and now that members of the Baby Boom generation are entering their 60s, it is poised to become even more widespread. Though there are a number of treatment options to help moderate symptoms of Alzheimer’s, researchers have not yet found a cure to the disease.

But, the press release states, this newly discovered link between IGF-1 and mental decline may have the potential to improve existing treatment methods. Since there is no cure for Alzheimer’s as of yet, study contributor Dr. Emmanuelle Duron explained that the study of “modifiable associated factors [like IGF-1] is of major importance,” when it comes to understanding and effectively managing the disease.

Maintaining the right balance of IGF-1, and, through that mediating polypeptide, human growth hormones (HGH), is an important part of aging longevity. So, to combat some of the cognitive issues associated with old age, Longevity Centres of America offer HGH treatments in Denver and Houston