Mathews Journal of Neurology


Previous Issues Volume 5, Issue 1 - 2021

Quality of Life, Lifestyle Diseases, Mental Health and Cognitive Functioning: A Neuroanthropological Approach

Urvashi Gupta, Shweta Jain, Meenal Dhall*

Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, Delhi-07, India

*Corresponding author:  Dr. Meenal Dhall, Physiological Anthropology and Kinanthropometry and ergonomics Laboratory, Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, Delhi-07, India, Tel: +91 9650159434; E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: June 26, 2020

Published Date: September 09, 2021

Citation: Meenal D, et al. Quality of Life, Lifestyle Diseases, Mental Health and Cognitive Functioning: A Neuroanthropological Approach. Mathews J Neurol. 5(1):19.

Copyright: Urvashi G, et al. © 2021. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Neuroanthropology considers the complex web of association and action among lifestyle diseases, mental health, cognitive function and quality of life. A flawed lifestyle results in increased levels of risk for high blood pressure, abnormal amounts of cholesterol in the bloodstream, high blood glucose, respiratory diseases, excessive body fat accumulation, and heart-related diseases. There is psychological well-being that influences how one thinks, feels, acts, handles stress, relates to others and makes choices as well as behavior. A sound lifestyle is instrumental in the promotion of healthy cognitive functioning and effective ageing while deteriorating cognitive function is a hallmark of ageing that predicts mortality. Quality of life is a complex multidimensional concept evaluated by people based on the horizons of possibilities that they see for themselves. Decline in cognitive function from lifestyle habits, environment (both social and physical), chronic diseases tend to raise severe challenges towards maintaining a good quality of life, worsening with poor mental and physical health. Even though people are encouraged to practice healthy habits to prevent most of the chronic medical disorders, they generally ignore or are reluctant to either start or maintain the appropriate and healthy behavior. Domains of all these subsets seem to possess different paradigms and their influence meet upon the same base-human, thereby overlapping in terms of repercussions arising from undesirable undertakings.

KEYWORDS: Quality of life; Lifestyle diseases; Mental health; Cognition; Neuroanthropological

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