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Diabetes, smoking linked to deposits in brain region tied to memory

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People should still work to avoid smoking, diabetes, and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, said Dr. Andrew Budson, a neurology researcher at Boston University School of Medicine and author of “Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and What to Do About It.”

“Everyone should work to reduce their cardiovascular risk factors by quitting if they are smokers, keeping their sugars under control if they have diabetes, reducing obesity that can be a risk factor for hypertension and diabetes, eating a Mediterranean style diet, and engaging in aerobic exercise,” Budson, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

“Regarding hippocampal calcifications themselves, people shouldn’t worry about them as they are not related to cognitive function,” Budson added.

SOURCE: bit.ly/2l4TKYI Radiology, online June 12, 2018.

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