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Study says that thinking too much can lead to earlier death

“The completely shocking and puzzling thing about this new paper is… brain activity is what you think of as keeping you cognitively normal. There’s the idea that you want to keep your brain active in later life,” neuroscientist Michael McConnel said.

  • According to research, those who overthink tend to die younger than those who don’t.
  • It’s because of the lack of the protein called RE-1 Silencing Transcription or REST.
  • The study found that those who died at a younger age had less of this protein than those who survived to at least 100 years old.

If you want to live a long and healthy life, we have a tip for you: stop thinking too much.

Researchers at the Harvard Medical School have studied the brains of people who died in their 60s and 70s then compared it to those who had died over the age of 100.


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Published in the journal Nature, the study found that people who died at a younger age had lower levels of a type of protein called REST (RE-1 Silencing Transcription).

It helps quiet down brain activity.

It is said that the brain tissue of whose who have lived to at least 100 years had more of protein, which reportedly reacts to genes that are known to spark the brain when thinking.

Other studies also say that REST can also help protect the mind from Alzheimer’s disease.

According to Professor Bruce Yanker of Harvard University, the report’s lead author, the data “could have such far-ranging consequences for physiology and life span.” However, the amount of REST on a living person is still unmeasurable.

The study also found that those who did not have much REST in their brain died at a much faster rate.

“The completely shocking and puzzling thing about this new paper is… brain activity is what you think of as keeping you cognitively normal. There’s the idea that you want to keep your brain active in later life,” neuroscientist Michael McConnel said.

This shows that as it is a good thing to keep your mind active, it’s not a bad thing to take it easy.

Written by Jackie Mata

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