Wellness

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death, with more than 5 million Americans living with the disease. Scientists around the world actively are researching solutions to prevent development of the disease and to find effective medical treatments to cure it.

Alzheimer’s disease is described as a form of dementia that results in a loss of brain function that gradually worsens over time. Usually it affects memory, behavior and thinking.

Prevention magazine recently published a list of ideas gleaned from these research studies of ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, including the following:

  • Nutrition – A healthy and well-balanced diet can impact brain health
    • Following a Mediterranean diet may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s
    • Regularly consume fruit and vegetable juices
    • Enjoy daily servings of berries, which fight memory impairment
    • Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids several times weekly, including salmon, mackerel and tuna
    • Consume purple grape juice or red wine, which scientists believe help protect brain cells from harmful toxic chemicals that may contribute to Alzheimer’s
  • Folic acid – Take supplements or consume foods rich in folate, which may help increase cognitive functions
  • Blood pressure – Scientists believe hypertension increases the risk of Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia
  • Strong relationships – Studies indicate that an active social life with family and friends may prevent Alzheimer’s later in life
  • Meditation – Researchers believe that 15 minutes of daily meditation improves well-being and thinking, and slows the progression of Alzheimer’s

To learn more about ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, review information provided by Medical News Today.

You can also review facts and figures about Alzheimer’s.

 

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