How much does cognitive activity ward off cognitive decline? – The Peter Attia Drive

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This is Peter’s (@PeterAttiaMD) new short podcast series, The Qualys, available only to paying subscribers (except for periodic episodes like this one). 

Key Takeaways

  • Early-life risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease are different than those of mid-life and late-life
    • “Early-life risk can be mitigated most by long-term educational attainment”
      • In simple terms – people who go on to obtain secondary and tertiary education have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease 
  • Early- and mid-life musical experience can allow one to build up greater cognitive reserves so that if they do get Alzheimer’s, they’re much more resilient 
    • “I think music is a great way to recruit different parts of the brain to work together and the stronger those pathways get, the better the person does”
  • Cognitive activity allows one to build up “backup pathways” which help slow the speed of cognitive decline if they go on to get Alzheimer’s disease
    • “People with high cognitive reserves (cognitive backup systems) are more resistant to the effects of amyloid beta”
      • The build-up of amyloid beta is thought to be one of the contributing factors of Alzheimer’s disease