Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s – Can it be done?
Article revised on 19 June 2017
Unfortunately, we don’t yet have an effective way of preventing Alzheimer’s disease. However, we can reduce the risks. How?
- Keep blood pressure in check
- Reduce blood cholesterol
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Keep diabetes under control
To lower your odds as much as possible, pair healthy lifestyle habits with good heart health! Studies have shown that, over the long term, these good practices can also be good for your brain. More proof that a healthy lifestyle now can pay off later on.
- Do at least 15 minutes of physical activity per day.
- Work your way up to 150 minutes of activity per week.
- Have 7 – 10 servings of fruits and veggies.
- Limit your alcohol consumption to 1 or 2 glasses per day, and don’t drink every day.
- Consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day.
- Include cold water fish on your menu once or twice/week.
- Socialize! Enjoy activities with your loved ones and participate in social media.
- Make little changes in your daily routine, such as brushing your teeth with your other hand.
- Give your brain a daily workout (chess, crosswords, sudoku, other puzzles, etc.).
Supplements…Do they deliver on their promises?
Don’t be misled by advertising! A number of vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements have been studied. To date, none of these products has been proven to be effective in preventing or slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. It is better to focus on healthy lifestyle habits… and to save your money for the things you enjoy.
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