So far, we’ve looked at our brain’s backup, brain reserve and cognitive reserve, and how looking after them is important for good brain health. And that both brain volume and cognitive reserve could help to protect people living with MS against the progression of physical disability and cognitive impairment.1,2
But how can you help keep your brain healthy and take care of your reserve?
Looking after your general health can help both your brain and your body cope with MS.1
Click on the markers to understand what impact they have on your brain health and what you can do to look after them.
Both looking after your physical health and taking up activities that make you think and challenge your brain, can help to improve your cognitive reserve.1
These kinds of activities have been shown to protect against cognitive impairment in MS, if you do them throughout your life. So, it’s a good idea to find time for these activities every day!1
References: 1. Brain health time matters in multiple sclerosis. Available at: http://msbrainhealth.org/perch/resources/time-matters-in-ms-report-may16.pdf 2. Brain health a guide for people with MS. Available at: http://www.msbrainhealth.org/resources/for-people-with-ms/article/brain-health-a-guide-for-people-with-ms Accessed: May 2017. 3. The brain-body connection: GCBH recommendations on Physical Activity and Brain Health. Available at: http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/health/brain_health/2016/05/gcbh-the-brain-body-connection.pdf Accessed: May 2017. 4. Exercise. Available at: https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/exercise#fitness 5. How to quit smoking. Available at: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/how-to-quit-smoking.htm 6. Clinically isolated syndrome. Available at: https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/clinically-isolated-syndrome-cis 7. How to cut down. Available at: https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/advice/how-to-reduce-your-drinking/how-to-cut-down/ 8. New alcohol guidelines: what you need to know. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35252650 9. High blood pressure. Available at: https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/risk-factors/high-blood-pressure 10. Managing your weight. Available at: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/managing-your-weight 11. The health effects of overweight and obesity. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/effects/index.html 12. Cardiovascular disease. Available at: https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/conditions/cardiovascular-disease