Alzheimer’s affects millions of people in the United States every year, and millions more around the world. What may start out as simple forgetfulness can lead to other signs, such as: Trouble focusing, difficulty in performing otherwise simple tasks, feelings of confusion or frustration, dramatic mood swings, and trouble concentrating.
Although Alzheimer’s disease mostly affects those over the age of 65, it is not part of the natural progression of aging. There are no conclusive studies showing anything can completely prevent Alzheimer’s, but three things (among others) are shown to decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s:
Diet– As with many things, a healthy, balanced diet is important for all sorts of body functions, to include the brain. A significant food source linked to the prevention of Alzheimer’s is Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which are found in walnuts, flax seed, and fish. Elimination or decrease in cholesterol and high saturated fats also assists in decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Exercise– Like with diet, a physically active lifestyle improves many things. Being physically fit does not mean you have to run a marathon or join a gym. Look for little ways to increase your heart rate a few times a week: Take the stairs, park farther away at work or stores you frequent, or stretch every morning. Most any physical activity is good physical activity!
Mental Stimulation– As Alzheimer’s is a brain disease, it is important to keep your mind stimulated and active. If you have a work or personal lifestyle that does not embrace creativity and problem solving, try developing a hobby that allows for such stimulation. The more you exercise your mind, the lesser chance you’ll have in developing Alzheimer’s later in life. You own your own body and your own health. It is important to take care of yourself as you age. Eat healthy. Be active. Stimulate your mind
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