The terrible and fatal nature of Alzheimer’s disease has been fueling dozens of studies focused on its prevention. Experts identify several risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s including:
Age. People over 65 are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s symptoms
Gender. Due to hormones, women get Alzheimer’s more often than men.
Genes. Alzheimer’s can be inherited from a parent.
Health problems. Studies indicate that high blood pressure increases the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Lack of exercise and poor diet. A diet abundant in sugar, cholesterol, and fats and low physical activity influence our cognitive abilities and, thus, can jumpstart the illness.
Injuries. Serious head injuries can provoke Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s changes the human brain by damaging brain cells, which in its turn results in memory loss, confusion or disorientation, speaking and writing difficulties, apathy, and exhaustion.
Read the tips for a healthy lifestyle below that may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s:
Workouts. According to scientific evidence, moderate physical activity – 30 minutes three times per week – improves blood and oxygen flow in the human brain, therefore, lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s by 50 percent! Coordination exercises such as yoga improve overall body agility and reduce the risk of getting injuries and head injuries in particular.
Healthy diet. Sticking to a healthy diet protects your brain. Include fresh vegetables, fruit, seafood containing lots of Omega-3, and whole grains to your diet to provide your brain with essential microelements and vitamins. Recent studies show that antioxidants contained in blueberries help maintain optimal brain function. Adding healthy foods to your diet may not be enough – you should also cut down sugar consumption and avoid trans fats to protect your brain.
Sound sleep. The human brain needs an 8-hour night sleep to get rid of amyloid protein, slow clearance of which can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. Regularity is the key! Stick to a regular sleep schedule to improve the quality of your sleep and give your brain enough rest.
Mental exercises. Mental activity is as beneficial for your brain as physical activity. While learning new things or solving math problems your brain develops new brain connections, which lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s. Memorization tasks can also have a positive impact on your brain health. Learning verses by heart helps improve your memory and enrich your vocabulary.