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A simple test can determine your brain's health
Have you always wanted to know how healthy your brain is? Then there is now a straightforward way to determine this. A simple self-analysis can help you assess whether your brain is healthy or not.
In their current research, scientists from Seoul National University found that there is an easy way to assess brain health. Through self-analysis, people can find out how healthy their brain is. The doctors published the results of their study in the English-language journal "Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience".
How old do you feel
If people feel that they are actually younger than their actual age, it can be an indication of general brain health, according to the experts.
People who feel younger have more gray matter in their brains
By analyzing brain scans, the researchers found that people who perceive themselves as younger have more gray matter in critical brain regions. This is considered an indication of a healthy brain. The gray matter fulfills numerous functions in the brain, including the purification of harmful substances and the transport of glucose, the doctors explain. The study also found that people who felt younger performed better on memory tests and were less likely to develop depressive symptoms.
Structural features of a younger brain
To analyze the impact of subjective age, researchers asked 68 people aged 59 to 84 how old they really are and how old they actually feel. The responses from this survey were then compared to the participants' brain scans. It was found that people who feel younger have the structural features of a younger brain, explains study author Professor Jeanyung Chey from Seoul National University.
Lifestyle and activities have a big impact on what feels like age
The scientists also found that a person who feels subjectively older than their actual age feels that way because of biological changes or lifestyle choices. If a person feels older than they actually are, this could be a sign that the person should rethink their lifestyle, habits, and activities that could contribute to possible brain aging. Then measures should be taken to improve brain health, Professor Chey advises.
Increased perceived age can indicate serious problems
According to the study, an older subjective age can also be an indicator of a more serious problem, such as the early stages of dementia, the experts explain. Awareness of one's subjective age is particularly important because it can provide information about brain health. When people feel younger than their actual age and live a physically and mentally active lifestyle, the result is a healthier brain, doctors say. (as)