CAN YOU PREVENT DEMENTIA?
Alzheimer’s disease has become a major concern for Americans; some even fear it more than death.
Many people believe it is far worse than dying.
The good news is, there are steps you can take for Alzheimer’s Prevention
This disease first came about in 1906. It was named after Alois Alzheimer. The disease impacts the brains ability by causing degeneration of brain cells until the cells die. Alzheimer’s cannot be cured, and causes death. Forgetfulness is one of the first symptoms to appear, and it grows from there. As the disease takes more control, long-term memory loss becomes more prevalent. Other symptoms involve mood swings, irritability, and inability to understand languages.
IS IT COMMON?
5.4 million American’s have this disease. The projections for 2050 are that 1 in 8 people will have it. Three times the amount of money is spent on treatments for Alzheimer’s than other disease treatments.
IS IT INEVITABLE?
No! You can reduce your chances of developing this detrimental disease. People believe that it has become a normal part of aging due to the amount of people that now have it. Alzheimer’s disease is just that, a disease. You do not have to be that 1 in 8 to contract it.
Even though it is so prevalent in America, Alzheimer’s is rare in some locations – even with people 90 and older! In some other cultures, their elderly population remains free of the disease.
Here are some ways that can help you reduce chances of getting Alzheimer’s.
John Robbins’s book, Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples, cites multiple studies of how exercise can positively impact the brain’s ability to function. The studies conclude this is also effective for the elderly.
The Archives of Neurology (March 2001) contains a study in which shows the more active people are, they are half as likely to end up with Alzheimer’s. The study also concludes that the same active people have lower chances of developing any brain impairments at all.
There was yet another study with mice. The mice were bred to have plaque in their brains that is associated with Alzheimer’s. For the experiment they let some of the mice exercise, while the others were not. In the study, the mice exercising had 50-80% less plaque! The effect of the exercise on the mice was that they create the enzyme that reduces plaque.
Diet is another way you can help reduce your chances. A diet full of plant based foods such as:
- fresh vegetables
- fresh fruit
- whole grains
Scientists believe these types of food offer a protection through the anti-oxidants they offer. The damage to the brain that brings about dementia is from free radicals. Anti-oxidants defuse these free radicals.
There are more benefits to a healthy diet, of course. High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, and arteriosclerosis are just some of the health problems that a healthy diet can help reduce.
In Robbins book, he covers another study that found if you are obese during your middle ages, your chances double of having Alzheimer’s when you are older, compared to those people that had kept a normal weight. If the additional weight causes the person to have high cholesterol and high blood pressure, the odds of having Alzheimer’s at an older age raised up to 6 times higher.
Alzheimer’s disease does not have a cure. When a person begins displaying symptoms, there is nothing that can be done. Start working now to help protect your brain from this disease. The benefits will far outlast any tasty treat you might be currently thinking about! So go, get a workout in today and start planning that new healthy diet for a better future.
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