Some Prevention Tips For Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention

 
Even though no drug therapy or treatment regimen has yet been found that will definitively prevent Alzheimer’s disease, lifestyle choices can make a big difference in your risk of developing the condition down the line.

“We know that alterations in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s can start decades before symptoms appear, so it may be wise to start thinking about prevention as early as your 30s and 40s,” says Zoe Arvanitakis, MD, an Alzheimer’s researcher at Rush University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago and associate professor of neurology at Rush University Medical School.

But what behaviors really make a difference?

Sticking to a healthy, low-fat diet has been linked to Alzheimer’s prevention. One Harvard study of 13,000 women, age 70 and older, found that those who ate the most vegetables — especially green leafy ones (like spinach and romaine lettuce) and cruciferous ones (like broccoli and cauliflower) — experienced a slower rate of cognitive decline than those who ate the fewest vegetables.

Simply getting off the couch and going for a brisk walk may help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Obesity during midlife appears to raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s in the later years. A 2008 Kaiser Permanente study of 6,500 men and women found that those who were 30 or more pounds overweight and accumulated lots of belly fat in their 40s were 3.6 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s decades later.

Scientists are studying whether certain nutrients acquired in dietary-supplement form can help protect against Alzheimer’s. Folic acid, which is known to reduce levels of the amino acid homocysteine, shows some promise because elevated homocysteine levels can increase the risk of both heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

Exercising your mind is one of the easiest ways to help prevent Alzheimer’s. Researchers at Rush University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center found that seniors who stayed mentally active by reading, doing crossword puzzles, and taking classes were more than twice as likely to stay free from Alzheimer’s disease in comparison to less mentally active people.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this article and please feel free to post any comments.

          Alan Cinqmars, http://myui.com/betterhealth4you

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