Certain things increase the risk factors of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The genetic risk factors that are inherited can’t be changed, but some things we do today can significantly reduce our risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Incorporate these health tips into an overall healthy lifestyle and reduce the risk factors.
Eat Less Sugar and Reduce the Risk Factor
Sugar promotes the formation of plaque and tangles in the brain which are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s. A diet that is high in sugar increases the risk factor of developing Alzheimer’s disease by leaving plaque deposits in the brain that result in memory decline. A high sugar diet also contributes to weight gain, which can lead to type 2 diabetes and type 2 diabetes is closely linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Eating Fish Boosts Brain’s Ability to Fight Against Alzheimer’s
Fatty fish like tuna, salmon or sardines are high in the specific omega-3 fatty acid called DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). The DHA boosts the brain’s ability to fight against Alzheimer’s by preventing plaque deposits in the brain. Eating fatty fish at least twice per week reduces Alzheimer’s disease risk factor by as much as 60%. Taking a daily fish oil supplement can also provide the same protective power to the brain as eating fatty fish.
Mentally Stimulating Activities Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk Factors
Any mentally stimulating activity strengthens the brain cells and their connections, which will greatly reduce the Alzheimer’s risk factor. Mentally stimulating activities like reading, crossword puzzles or learning a new craft or skill will help to strengthen the brain cells. Combining a mentally stimulating activity with a physical and social activity reduces the Alzheimer’s risk factor even greater. Group activities like bowling, golfing and dancing are good examples of combining mental, physical and social activity to reduce the Alzheimer’s risk factor.
Alzheimer’s Disease and You
If a parent or sibling has (or had) Alzheimer’s disease, you are two to three times more likely to develop the fatal brain disease. Your personal risk factors increase with each additional relative that has had Alzheimer’s. Those genetic risk factors are unchangeable, but the foods we eat and activities we engage in our within our power to change. Simple dietary changes such as eating less sugar and more fish, plus adding mentally stimulating activities to daily life reduces the risk factors of developing Alzheimer’s disease.