Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia. This disease can affect people in the middle or old age. Patients progressively experience memory loss, and the ability to conduct day-to-day activities. It is not necessary that every aging person develops Alzheimer’s, but you do raise your chances of contracting it later in life if you have the gene. This means that if a family member has Alzheimer’s, there is a possibility that you might get it too. Although, there is no cure, you can prevent or delay its onset by making certain changes in your life. Here’s how:
Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease
? Get 3 1/2 hours of moderate exercise each week. Physical activity stimulates your brain into building and repairing the connections between the brain cells.
? Exercise can also help strengthen your muscles and make you less susceptible to falling. Head injuries can contribute to the onset of Alzheimer’s.
? Avoid trans fats and saturated fats that can cause inflammation in the brain.
? Have a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables and essential Omega-3 fats. Having two cups of green tea, a day also helps.
? If you are diabetic, take regular medication or insulin to keep your blood sugar levels in control. High glucose levels can lead to brain inflammation.
? Take up activities that will lead to increased brain function such as a new hobby, language, or activity. Learning and challenging the brain makes it activate new cells.
? Play games that will make you think about strategizing and working out problems and riddles.
? Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check.
? Study situations carefully and practice imprinting them in your mind so you remember them better.
? Get out of old habits and adopt new ones. Take up a different route to work or change your everyday routine a little. Any new activity encourages the brain to activate neurons.
? Make sure you get adequate levels of sleep each night.
? If you have trouble falling asleep, check for medical problems like sleep apnea, high levels of thyroid or any other.
? If you have no medical issues that can cause insomnia, try other methods like developing a regular sleeping schedule, cutting back on nap times, eliminating disturbances and calming your mind. You could also try having a hot bath, massage or warm milk to help.
? Remove stress from your life. Add fun activities into your routine with family and friends. Make relaxation a priority and keep your sense of humour even in the most difficult of situations.
? Make lots of friends and have a busy social life with plenty of mental stimulation.
? Lose weight if you’re obese.
? Quit smoking because it deprives your brain of oxygen and that can lead to dying brain cells.
? Quit alcohol completely or limit yourself to one or two drinks a day.
Alzheimer’s or dementia is one issue that can seriously affect the quality of your life as you age. Take all the necessary steps you can to prevent or delay it.