Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a degenerative neurological disease that most commonly affects senior citizens over the age of 65. However, there are some cases of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, which affects people in their 30s or 40s that have been reported. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia (it is responsible for up to 80% of all cases of dementia).

It is said that prevention is better than cure. However, prevention of Alzheimer’s disease is of particular importance as this disease has no cure. A person with Alzheimer’s disease will experience neurological deterioration which ultimately leads to death.

For the longest time, it was said that prevention of Alzheimer’s disease was not possible. The only options people had was to hope that they did not get the disease or hope a cure was found for the disease. However, research has shown that there are some ways of reducing the risk of getting the disease. The focus of research has shifted to finding ways of prevention of Alzheimer’s disease because of the inability of finding a cure as well as the increase in the disease prevalence (caused by increasing life expectancy and the aging baby boomer generation).

Even though age is the major risk factor in Alzheimer’s disease, lifestyle factors have also been shown to play a role in brain health and consequently the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore prevention of Alzheimer’s disease is possible through adopting a healthy lifestyle. This healthy lifestyle should be one that promotes a healthy brain.

A healthy brain and therefore the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease will depend on 6 lifestyle factors. These factors are ones you can control and are:

A healthy diet – Diet plays a pivotal role in a healthy body and a healthy brain. A brain healthy diet will include a lot of fruits and vegetables (of different colors to maximize antioxidant benefits), healthy fats such as Omega-3 and tea (oolong, green or white). It should avoid saturated and trans fats, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking.

Regular exercise – Exercise has many benefits such as increasing physical stamina, improving mood and memory, reducing stress and increasing energy. Studies have shown that it may play a role in prevention of Alzheimer’s disease by reducing the risk of the disease by up to 50%.

Mental stimulation – People who stay mentally active are less likely to get Alzheimer’s disease. To do this, you should do crossword puzzles, learn a new language or musical instrument and other thing that require some a good bit of mental use.

Quality sleep – you should get enough sleep, at least 8 hours. Sleep deprivation has been shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Manage stress- Stress causes shrinkage in the hippocampus and therefore increasing the risk of dementia.

Have an active social life – This causes our brains to thrive.

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