About 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 will develop Alzheimer’s disease. And the older you get; your odds go up. Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but studies have recently shown that there are lifestyle choices that you can make, that will reduce your risk factors. Here are 10 ways that you can prevent Alzheimer’s and live your life to its potential best.
- Be Bilingual! Speaking a second language will help develop your cognitive skills and delay the development of Alzheimer’s by on average 4 years! Plus, you’ll sound pretty cool ordering your dinner in Italian.
- Read! People who like to read books, newspaper and do crossword games can drastically reduce the risk of developing the disease by 47%. So grab the Sunday Times and finish it off with the crossword.
- Eat like a Mediterranean. Why are the Mediterranean diets becoming more popular? Because of the health benefits of course! Eating a diet that’s rich in vegetables, fish and monounsaturated fats have been linked to reducing cognitive impairment by 48%.
- Drink Your Wine. A compound in red wine called Polyphenol has been linked to reducing the formation of plaque in the brain. Having these harmful plaque build-ups have been a contributing factor to memory loss.
- Don’t Forget Coffee. Who would have thought that drinking 3-5 cups of coffee a day, can reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s by 65%? Forget the jitters, the benefits are way worth it!
- Low Blood-Pressure. Keeping control of your blood pressure and preventing hypertension, can help delay the effects of pre- or early stages of Alzheimer’s.
- Omega-3 – Eating foods rich with fatty acids can not only lower the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease but also slow the development. Try eating foods such as salmon, anchovies, walnuts and other omega-3 rich foods.
- Stop Smoking! People who smoke, have a huge increase in developing Alzheimer’s disease, by as much as 157%! Quitting now can help reduce many other potential risk factors as well.
- Move! Moderate exercise can strengthen connections between your brain and its cognitive abilities. These abilities include being able to plan, prioritize and multi-task. Just a simple walk will have such major benefits.
- Goodbye Stress! Having a stress-filled life can be linked to the onset and severity of Alzheimer’s disease. Trying relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditating, will help improve your cognitive function and slow the decline – plus you’ll feel pretty amazing!
There are many other ways to keep yourself at low-risk from developing any type of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Some key takeaways are to remember to mentally challenge yourself! Whether you try your hand at a 1,000-piece puzzle or master a Sudoku, stimulating your brain will keep it from getting rusty.
Having a healthy diet and exercise will also play a big role in not only preventing early-onset dementia but your overall health and well-being.
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