There are some cold facts when it comes Alzheimer’s disease
- An estimated 47 million people world wide today have Alzheimer’s
- By 2050, that number is projected to not only double but TRIPLE
- At this time, there is no cure for the disease
However, studies have shown that there ways to fight off the onset of memory loss
- Continuing education
- Not smoking
- Proper sleep
- Maintaining social relationships
- Maintaining a healthy diet
A study recently published in the journal Neurology says that there are identifiable risk factors for sporadic Alzheimer’s that may be discovered early into adulthood that could lead to a decline in cognitive function. The part of the brain that is most commonly associated with memory, the hippocampus, can show signs of risk before clinical symptoms become present. Young adults who are at a genetic risk for Alzheimer’s have by comparison.
Dr. Richard Isaacson of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic states that “Alzheimer’s disease starts in the brain many decades before the first symptoms of memory loss appear, but what’s happened over time is that most people don’t realize their risk until they start having memory loss”.
In a study conducted last year in the United Kingdom, fear of Alzheimer’s was greater than cancer and financial worries. There are certainly lifestyle choices available to all of us that can help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s. Proper nutrition can yield many benefits, lowering risk of Alzheimer’s among them.
- Mediterranean dieting- Consuming higher volume of vegetables, beans, whole grains, fish and olive oil (limiting meat and dairy products) have been shown to dramatically decrease risk of cognitive impairment.
- Stay away from trans fats and saturated fats- These two fats are known to bring about inflammation which can be hard on the brain. Avoiding full-fat daiory, red meat, processed fast food and fried dishes can keep consumption of these fats at bay.
- Seek out omega-3 fats- DHA present in omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease by reducing beta-amyloid plaques. These fatty acids are prevalent in in many cold water fish like salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel and sardines. Fish oil can also be used as a supplement.
- Daily tea time- Green tea when consumed regularly has been known to enhance memory and mental alertness and actually slow down the aging process of the brain.
Looking to boost and improve brain health with supplements? Exploring options such as folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D, magnesium, and fish oil can help.
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