How to Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s or Dementia: What Research Says
When it comes to Alzheimer’s or dementia, there are still so many unknowns. There is no known cure, there is no known cause, and there is no definite way to prevent it. But more and more research is starting to suggest there are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia, as well as slow the progression of the disease.
Lifestyle Changes That Can Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s
The World Health Organization has recently released a variety of important lifestyle changes that you can make that they have found to be beneficial in delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s and slowing the progression of the disease. Below are some of the helpful guidelines they released to help you alter your lifestyle in a positive way.
- Adopt a Mediterranean Diet – This type of diet includes fresh vegetables and fruits, along with whole grains, olive oil, nuts, legumes, fish and only moderate amounts of poultry, eggs and dairy. It is also encouraged to drink moderate amounts of red wine. The goal is to consume red meat only sparingly.
- Exercise Often – Not surprisingly, an effective workout regimen has been proven to effectively help prevent the progression of dementia. The goal is to aim for at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week. Exercises can include jogging, swimming, bicycling, hiking and more.
- Get Enough Sleep – Sleep is vital to clearing amyloid from the brain. It has been proven that the presence of this plaque on the brain can contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s. Older adults should aim for at least seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep a night.
- Stop Smoking – The WHO recommended that stopping the bad habit of smoking could have an impact on whether or not a person develops Alzheimer’s. There are numerous benefits to quitting, so it’s smart to just stop now.
- Limit Alcohol Consumption – While a glass of red wine on occasion can have some health benefits, drinking regularly has a variety of risks. Limiting alcohol consumption has been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and help prevent its onset.
Commonly, older adults hear about the benefits of doing puzzles, challenging the mind, and staying social. Taking steps toward improving mental health is always valuable as you age, but there is not as much evidence to support an actual correlation between these things and preventing Alzheimer’s disease. A general rule of thumb is to follow a healthy lifestyle in the best way you can – mind, body and soul.
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