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:
- Carotid artery disease
- High blood pressure
- Type-2 diabetes
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
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."