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How The Environment Impacts Healthy Aging

It is little surprise that where and how we live, eat, work, play and socialize influence our physical and mental health throughout life.  The National Council on Aging recently co-sponsored Health Environments Across Generations, an event organize by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment to explore scientific evidence confirming that certain early life experiences can influence health later in life.  Medical research reveals that environmental factors play a major role in the majority of cases of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Diet, exercise, exposure to toxic chemicals and other environmental pollutants, and socioeconomic stress can alter biochemical pathways influencing the risk of these diseases and other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome.

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