(Fortune) Diets matter — but so does the work you do.
It’s well known by now that sitting at a desk all day is dangerous to your health. Now it turns out that what you’re doing while you’re parked there matters, too. With about half a million new cases of Alzheimer’s disease occurring each year in the U.S. alone, and no cure in sight, researchers are racing to figure out what causes the condition — and which kinds of behavior can prevent it. A known risk factor is the so-called “Western” diet, including processed meats, potatoes, white bread, and sweets.
But if you love that stuff, here’s some good news: Both higher education and a mentally stimulating job might help you avoid Alzheimer’s even if you can’t resist bacon, hot dogs, or candy.
A study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association’s most recent international conference by Matthew Parrott, a researcher at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto, found that “socially and intellectually complex occupations” largely offset the ill effects of eating too much junk. Some of the jobs found to help preserve healthy brain function: Manager, teacher, lawyer, social worker, engineer, physicist, physician, dentist, and pharmacist.[Click the title, above, to post a comment.]