Lifestyle Is Main Influence On How The Mind Ages

Jan 20, 2012 by
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The way in which a person’s mind ages, is largely down to lifestyle factors, not genetics, a study has shown.

 

Researchers found genetic factors only account for 24% of changes in intelligence, suggesting environmental factors have the biggest influence on whether a person’s mind remains sharp in old age.

The study, conducted by research teams in the UK and Australia, combined DNA analysis with data from around 2,000 participants who were asked to take intelligence tests at age 11, and again aged 65 to 79.

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