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Researchers are digging into the role of the hypothalamus in aging and dementia.

The hypothalamus which is a very small area in the brain and known for its many important functions in the body, such as regulating body temperature, growth, development, reproduction, metabolism and appetite (feelings of hunger or thirst).  The Cells in the hypothalamus naturally decline as we get older and researchers are studying if replenishing these cells can slow or reverse cognitive aging.

Things you can do to help your hypothalamus stay healthy now:

1) Exercise daily to reduce the present of inflammation (inflammatory microglia).
2) Avoid excess eating and snacking to decrease inflammation in the hypothalamus.
3) Avoid eating late at night to help the body maintain its natural daily rhythm; this supports the memory center of the brain (the hippocampus).