Alzheimer’s Prevention: Is Alzheimer’s Possible to Avoid?
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder characterized by the accumulation of proteins in the brain, leading to brain cell deterioration. It is a progressive disorder that usually impacts aging individuals over several years. Currently there is no cure, but researchers are working tirelessly to find one. As the number of people in general is expected to rise over the years, this means the potential that more people will develop Alzheimer’s. Thus, another area of research is equally important, namely, whether there are things we can do in our lives to prevent the disease. In this blog, we review what authorities and experts are saying about Alzheimer’s disease prevention.
The Current State of Things
As of now, researchers have not found a sure way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease as we age. But all is not lost. According to the National Institute on Aging, researchers have shed light on some strategies that may work, as well as those that may not work. According to Harvard Health Publishing, some of the most promising strategies include improving your health and lifestyle. Some of these include:
Exercise: According to Harvard Health Publishing, the most promising area of research includes incorporating regular physical exercise in your life. The recommendation is at least 30 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise for three or four days every week. Before starting any exercise routine, you should consult your doctor about this plan.
Eating Healthy: Interestingly, diets like the Mediterranean diet have been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. This diet includes fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains/wheat, olive oil, fish, beans, as well as moderate amounts of chicken, eggs, and dairy. Red wine and red meat should only be eaten sparingly.
Sleep! One of the most important things you can do for overall physical and mental health is to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Sleeping has been shown to improve and maintain brain health, as well as manage weight and stress.
Reducing blood pressure: While there is still uncertainty in the research, controlling blood pressure might help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The possible link between high blood pressure and Alzheimer’s lies within the impacts high blood pressure has on blood vessels in the brain. More research is still being done, but it is common for people with Alzheimer’s to also have signs of vascular damage in their brain.
Less certain preventative measures: While no direct way has been proven to prevent Alzheimer’s, there are many contributing factors to brain health. Less certain variables that may contribute to good brain health include things like keeping your brain active, socializing, and (possibly) drinking red wine in moderation. However, there is still not enough evidence to say whether these kinds of factors do prevent Alzheimer’s.
While the research on Alzheimer’s disease continues, maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, as well as getting enough sleep is a sure way to keep your body healthy. If you have any questions, please call us at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.
 Source: nia.nih.gov/health/preventing-alzheimers-disease-what-do-we-know