This topic is debatable since, as of yet, there is no conclusive evidence to indicate Alzheimer's disease can be prevented. Nevertheless, research is evolving on this issue in demonstrating risk factors that seem to correlate with increasing the risk of this disease. Lifestyle behavior should be addressed. A healthy diet, adequate sleep and exercise certainly won't hurt and may possibly keep this insidious disease at bay. The Mediterranean Diet rich in vegetables, fish and nuts may reduce the onset of the disease. The DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) Diet may also reduce the risk associated with Alzheimer's disease. Even better, the hybrid of the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH Diet (called the MIND Diet) may be most effective in lessening cognitive deterioration. Characteristics of the diet include plenty of whole grains, leafy greens, other vegetables, nuts, beans, berries, poultry, fish, olive oil, and red wine. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) had found a correlation between eating seafood and decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Research has shown that people with chronic sleep apnea developed major cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease sooner than those without sleep apnea. Cardiovascular physical activity such as cycling, swimming, walking, etc. is a recommended approach to lessening the risk of incurring Alzheimer's disease. Exercise is good for the aging brain because physical activity increases blood flow. Exercise is better than any medication on the market today. Some correlating modifiable risk factors of Alzheimer's disease are the following:
All of the aforementioned factors are lifestyle related. This means that eating a healthy diet, exercise and not smoking can mitigate all of these risk factors. Interestingly enough, moderate coffee as well as alcohol consumption seems to reduce the risk of this disease.
BOTTOM LINE: Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and not smoking may be beneficial in reducing your risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Brian Danley, CFT
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