There is no magic bullet that will protect you from Alzheimer's and dementia. However, there are ways that you can reduce the odds of suffering from Alzheimer's, or possibly delay the onset of Alzheimer's.
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Here are some facts that you should consider.
- There are at least 18 research studies showing that exercise can improve memory in people suffering from Alzheimer's disease. One study done at the University of British Columbia found that regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.
- A meta-analysis of the reports shows that a physical exercise program -- even one started when people are in their 70s -- can significantly boost executive function -- in your brain.
- Investigators looked at the relationship of physical activity and mental function in about 6,000 women age 65 and older, over an 8 year period. They found that the women who were more physically active were less likely to experience a decline in their mental function than inactive women.
- Mice that exercised had 50 to 80 percent less plaque in their brains than the brains of the sedentary mice. Importantly, exercising mice produced significantly more of an enzyme in the brain that prevents plaque.
- Research studies indicate that eating a Mediterranean-style diet reduces the risk of mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and Alzheimer's. There are numerous studies that indicate this style of eating helps reduce cardiovascular risk factors like high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes.
- High cholesterol in your 40s increases the odds of contracting Alzheimer's--by 50 percent.
- High blood pressure (hypertension) causes build-up of beta-amyloid in the brain. Beta-amyloid is a central component of the senile plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, and its toxicity against brain cells is believed to be a prime cause of Alzheimer's.
- This fact is not well known but if you have a big belly in middle age the chances that you could suffer from dementia are tripled.
- People who lead a good clean life -- those who are conscientious, self-disciplined and scrupulous -- appear to be less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. Researchers found that people who were highly conscientious had an 89 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than those who were less conscientious.
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