There is real data that suggests meaningful correlations between social determinants of health and risk of chronic diseases in old age such as diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. I would like to see more research focused here for the societal benefit as well as real actionable behaviors toward prevention.
Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Conditions (e.g., social, economic, and physical) in these various environments and settings (e.g., school, church, workplace, and neighborhood) have been referred to as “place.”5 In addition to the more material attributes of “place,” the patterns of social engagement and sense of security and well-being are also affected by where people live. Resources that enhance quality of life can have a significant influence on population health outcomes. Examples of these resources include safe and affordable housing, access to education, public safety, availability of healthy foods, local emergency/health services, and environments free of life-threatening toxins--Healthypeople.gov
Association of Insulin-Resistance with Cerebral Glucose Uptake in Late Middle-Aged Adults at Risk for Alzheimer Disease
The prevalence of AD continues to grow, and midlifemay be a critical period for initiating treatments aimed at preventing or delaying the onset of AD. Accumulating evidence suggests that treatments targeting mechanisms involved in insulin signaling may affect central glucose metabolism and should be investigated in the context of presymptomatic AD.--JAMA Neurology
So what can you do?
You can head over to the collection to see what else is new or preview the book over at Amazon. If you finish the book before I do I would love to hear what you think. As a quick aside, I went to the estate sale of Maya Angelou today nearby in Winston Salem, NC. Her home library was incredibly extensive. I found a book on Chaucer's Modern Essays in Criticism, Walden by Thoreau, and a few others that I immediately added to my collection. Honestly I could have spent my entire day in that room. You can tell so much about a person's mind by looking at their books.