Want to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s?

You could prevent Alzheimers disease with these 5 steps.

In 15 years, this disease will affect twice as many people as it does today. In twenty more years, it will triple its reach.

In the sixth annual World Alzheimer’s Report, the results look grim. However, experts are beginning to get an understanding of cause and effect when it comes to this terrible disease.

To put it simply, Alzheimer’s Disease International says: What is good for your heart is also good for your brain. How does this translate into everyday life for each of us?

Reduce Your Risk: Five Things You Can Do Right Now

  1. Look after your heart. This means quit smoking, drink only moderate amounts of alcohol, and keep your blood pressure in check.
  2. Be physically active. If you don’t exercise at all, now is the time to start. Even if it’s walking up and down stairs a few times a day at your apartment or house, the increased blood flow is great for your body.
  3. Follow a healthy diet. It’s not a complicated matter! Just a few easy steps… Eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruits daily. If you’re eating grains or bread, make it whole grain. Limit trans fats and refined sugar. Drink plenty of water.
  4. Challenge your brain. Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs for the Alzheimer’s Association, says, “While we don’t endorse specific activity like crosswords or mazes, find a mentally challenging activity that’s fun or enjoyable for you, and you’ll maintain it. That’s going to be good for your brain health as you age.”
  5. Enjoy social activity.  The Alzheimer’s Association states, “Research shows that people who are regularly engaged in social interaction maintain their brain vitality.” The organization recommends a combination of physical, mental, and social activity to be most effective.

Strong Links to Alzheimer’s Disease

Interestingly, the strongest evidence in the study that links dementia (including Alzheimer’s) to particular qualities are the following:

  • lack of education in early life
  • high blood pressure in midlife
  • smoking at any time in life
  • diabetes at any time in life

Who Will Foot the Bill?

On a social level, everyone should care about the issue.  The worldwide cost of dementia in 2010 was estimated at $604 billion.  By 2030, that number is estimated at $1 trillion.  No doubt you agree with World Dementia Envoy Dr. Dennis Gillings when he said, “With this in mind, we can’t afford to do nothing.”

We hope each of you are inspired to make the changes, whether they be big or small, to improve your overall health.  It may make all the difference years down the road.

 

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