Scientists are still trying to completely understand Alzheimer’s: the risk factors, the best treatments, and (hopefully) a cure. But while much remains to be known about this dreaded disease, some research points to a few lifestyle and diet changes that can raise your protection against it. Here are some things you can do.
Even just half an hour of exercise three times a week can lower your stress levels, manage your blood pressure, and improve your blood circulation—three things that already lower your risk for the disease. There are many fun ways to squeeze exercise into your daily routine. .
Make time for friends
Studies show that people who are isolated or have a poor social life have a higher risk for Alzheimer’s. So pencil in time to bond with family and friends, or if they live too far away, consider volunteering for a community outreach program or shelter. Other great benefits? You lower your risk for depression and job burnout, too.
Manage your blood sugar
Research shows that those who have Type 2 diabetes are also at higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. However your risk lowers if you manage your diabetes well—totally possible if you work closely with your doctor and follow the right diet and exercise regimen.
Steer clear of fats
Avoid trans and saturatd fats and reach for healthier omega-3 fatty acids (found in some kinds of fish). And be sure to include lots of antioxidants, which are easy to get from berries and fresh leafy vegetables. These are “brain food!”
Take care of your eyesight
Further research must be done but there is a link that vision is a good sign of brain health, and those who have taken care of their vision cut their risk of Alzheimer’s by 63%.
Challenge your mind constantly
Stimulate your mind with word or jigsaw puzzles, and constantly learn new things. Take up a hobby, read books, engage in stimulating conversation with people with different perspectives.
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