Feb 27, 2013

How to Protect Your Brain from Alzheimer's Disease

It's really critical that we find ways to prevent, or at least delay, the onset of Alzheimer's Disease. - Bob DeMarco

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Physical Activity -- Exercise

Physical Activity Exercise
Consider exercises that pump oxygen and blood to the brain.

These include running, walking, bicycling. There are at least 18 research studies showing that exercise can improve memory in people suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Better yet, start exercising now to improve cognitive function.

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Control your Weight

Control Your WeightThe heavier a person is, the more likely they are to develop Alzheimer's.

Scientist found that the brains of older individuals who were obese (with a body mass index over 30) had approximately 8 percent less brain volume than subjects of normal weight (BMI between 18.5 and 25).

When brain-volume loss reaches about 10 percent symptoms like memory trouble or confusion appear. If you are obese, big belly in middle age, the chances that you could suffer from dementia are tripled.

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Be Conscientious

Be ConscientiousPeople 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.

The researchers also found that conscientiousness was linked with a slower rate of cognitive decline and a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment, a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.

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Eat a Healthy Diet

Eat HealthyMore American's--especially the baby boom generation--are learning the importance of eating healthy.

Research studies indicate that eating Mediterranean-style 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.

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Get Control of your Cholesterol Level

Get Control of your Cholesterol Level
High cholesterol in your 40s increases the odds of contracting Alzheimer's by 50 percent.

Researchers found that people in their 40s who had mildly elevated cholesterol were at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's later in life.

Researchers also found that people with total cholesterol levels between 249 and 500 milligrams were one-and-a-half times more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than those people with cholesterol levels of less than 198 milligrams.

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Bob DeMarco is the Founder and Editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room. Bob is a recognized Influencer, speaker, and expert in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Worldwide. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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