Smoking, heart disease increase midlife mental decline risk.

Your thinking skills may be at risk of declining in midlife if you smoke or have high blood pressure or diabetes, a new study suggests.

Heart disease risk factors — especially high blood pressure and diabetes — have become more common in midlife, the study authors noted.

“We found those two risk factors, as well as smoking, are associated with higher odds of having accelerated cognitive [mental] decline, even over just a short span of five years,” said lead author Dr. Kristine Yaffe. She’s a professor of psychiatry, neurology and epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco.

www.upi.com/Health_News/2020/07/25/Smoking-heart-disease-increase-midlife-mental-decline-risk/2441595629093/