First it is important to understand that there is no proven way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. However much like “circumstantial evidence” in law there are things that are in existence often for people who have Alzheimer’s disease and absent for people who do not and vice-versa. My point is that there are similarities whether a person has or does not have Alzheimer’s disease and they are identifiable.
What appears can be done to minimize risks for Alzheimer’s disease?
The one thing that is obvious and proven is that smoking is detrimental to the mind and in fact does contribute to the deterioration of the brain and memory. If you smoke it is very important to quit. Not only do you put yourself at risk for Alzheimer’s disease but coronary problems and lung cancer as well.
Exercise obviously cannot hurt you. I remember reading that when you exercise your body actually creates new blood vessels and blood routes which has saved many lives when it comes to a blocked artery. Some people who don’t exercise die. Some that do exercise have an alternative source of blood flow that ultimately saves their lives.
It is thought that the routine use of fish oil can aid in the maintenance of memory. Also doing a crossword puzzle everyday is thought to help.
I remember at the Mayo Clinic as part of a routine procedure I was tested with stories and answers about the stories. I was given a certain period of time to remember key words in the story and my ability to do a certain number gave me a “grade.”
What is all of this telling us?
Activity and solid practices are keys.
To start with don’t do things that will destroy your mind like smoking. Further the wrong type of diet can interfere with blood flow. Add to the right type of diet fish oil to aid in keeping the blood vessels clear.
Exercise is necessary to oxygenate your brain and keep the blood flow very strong as well as to make new blood vessels.
It does legitimately become more difficult to learn as you age. It becomes more difficult to recall and it becomes more difficult to retain information all together. Patience wears thin.
While some people get Alzheimer’s disease at an earlier age most get it after age 60. It cannot be a coincidence that we are also less active at that age both mentally and physically.
Can Alzheimer’s disease be prevented?
There is no guarantee. However there is enough circumstantial evidence that if you try what I’ve outlined I’ll bet you won’t be sorry.
“Can We Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease,” Article, NIH New in Health, Bulletin, July 2010