A new report, entitled Environmental Threats to Healthy Living, suggests environmental factors, such as lead, air pollution and pesticides, DIRECTLY influence chronic cognitive disorders, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

The Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and Science and Environmental Health Network, who published the study, claim “unhealthy environments” alter cells and biochemical pathways INCREASING the risk of mental decline.

Also, researchers encourage people to eat HEALTHIER foods, like fruits and vegetables, and to avoid common dietary hazards, most notably saturated fat. In addition, they suggest becoming MORE socially involved with friends, family and the community.

Via TreeHugger.