Childhood Brain Power Tied to Adult Heart Health

Filed under: In The News, Research Reveals: Babies

Could studying hard put your kids on a path to a healthier adulthood?
Credit: tobias.munich, Flickr


A study of nearly 10,000 British adults who have been monitored since their birth in 1958 shows a connection between childhood intellect and healthy hearts during adulthood. Previous studies have suggested that smarter kids become healthier adults. These researchers wanted to understand that connection.

"We sought to establish whether associations between childhood cognition and risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adulthood are explained by common causes, or adult social position or health behavior," the study explains.

The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, finds that the connection is a matter of circumstance, rather than physiology. Study subjects who showed higher intellect as children were more likely to end up with a better education and better jobs, which often means access to good health care and information about healthy living.

Rather than suggesting any physical connection between brain power and heart health, the research indicates that childhood intellect tends to put people on a path toward a lifestyle that helps protect them from heart disease risk factors.

Related: Heart Disease: It's Partly in Your Head, Children's Health Insurance Program's Future Uncertain
AOL Answers is no longer available
AOL Answers is closed

AOL Answers is no longer available.

As AOL continues to grow and evolve we are taking necessary actions to ensure our efforts and resources are
focused on the areas where we can create the maximum amount of value for our loyal consumer base. As a result
we have decided to sunset AOL Answers. Thank you for your participation in this site. If you have an AOL-related
question (passwords, account information, etc.), please visit our AOL Help site at help.aol.com.

ReaderComments (Page 1 of 1)

FollowUs

Flickr RSS

TheTalkies

AskAdviceMama

AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.
AOL Answers is no longer available
AOL Answers is closed

AOL Answers is no longer available.

As AOL continues to grow and evolve we are taking necessary actions to ensure our efforts and resources are
focused on the areas where we can create the maximum amount of value for our loyal consumer base. As a result
we have decided to sunset AOL Answers. Thank you for your participation in this site. If you have an AOL-related
question (passwords, account information, etc.), please visit our AOL Help site at help.aol.com.