Despite intensive laboratory and clinical research over three decades, an effective treatment to delay the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease is not at hand. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, recent research has shown that everyday lifestyle choices could reduce your risk factors.
Here are 10 ways to get started :
- Speak a Second Language – Bilingualism may strengthen overall cognitive skills and delay the development of Alzheimer’s disease by an average of four years.
- Flex Your Brainpower – Older adults who frequently read books and newspapers, do crossword puzzles or play cards could reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 47%.
- Eat Like a Mediterranean – A diet rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, fish and monounsaturated fats has been linked with a 48% reduction in risk for cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer’s.
- Pour a Glass of Red Wine – Polyphenol, a compound in red wine, may reduce plaque formations in the brain linked to memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Drink Coffee – People who drink 3-5 cups of coffee a day may reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s by 65%.
- Lower Your Blood Pressure – Controlling hypertension in the pre or early stages of Alzheimer’s may reduce or delay the effects of the condition.
- Get Your Fatty Acids – Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, anchovies, walnuts and other foods have been associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and slower cognitive decline.
- Don’t Smoke – People who smoke heavily during middle age have a 157% higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Also, quitting smoking earlier can result in fewer risk factors for dementia overall.
- Get Moving – Moderate aerobic exercise such as walking may strengthen connections between circuits in the brain associated with cognitive abilities, including planning, prioritizing, multi-tasking and strategizing.
- Sap Your Stress – Stressful life experiences may be linked to the onset and severity of Alzheimer’s disease. However, stress busting activities like yoga and meditation may improve cognitive function and slow this decline.
Keep in mind that there is no one test that confirms Alzheimer’s disease. A diagnosis is only made after a comprehensive medical evaluation. Visit your doctor if you have a family history or any risk factors for dementia. Take Care.