Recent studies on Alzheimer’s disease prevention have focused on the possible benefits of new pharmaceutical drugs, however there is also a growing interest in lifestyle strategies. Diet, and physical and mental exercise might play a role in Alzheimer’s disease prevention. Though there is not yet a cure for this disease, research is suggesting that lifestyle changes may hold an important key to the prevention, delay or reversal of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers believe that there are certain factors that can play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s, and that lifestyle strategies that address these risks may help to prevent or delay its onset. These risks include:
• Head Trauma: Brain injuries, especially those early in life, have been associated with a higher risk of Alzheimer’s. This means that you should make sure that your children wear protective helmets for activities such as bicycling, skiing, and other sporting activities.
• Early Life Risk Factors: Research has shown that infections, obesity, poor nutrition, and pesticide exposure early in life all may be linked to the development of Alzheimer’s later in life. Make sure to provide a healthy environment during childhood and staying up to date on doctor’s checkups as this can help protect against Alzheimer’s in years to come.
• The Heart Connection: Heart disease and Alzheimer’s share many of the same risk factors, including high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, stress, being overweight, and not getting enough exercise.
• Staying Active: Remaining active, mentally, physically, and socially, may be one of the most important aspects of Alzheimer’s disease prevention. Engaging regularly in a crossword puzzle, brisk walk and get-together with family and friends are all beneficial for Alzheimer’s prevention.
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