Preventative Measures Of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a tragic degeneration of the memory and thinking portions of the brain.  Characterized by tangled fibers and protein clumps, which are only detectable after the patient passes on, Alzheimer’s disease generally attacks people aged 65 and older.  To date, there isn’t a cure for this disease, no way of slowing its destructive path, nor is there any method of reversing the damage that it does.  The question on everyone’s lips, however, is whether or not Alzheimer’s disease is preventable.  Do you want to learn how to lessen the chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease?  While the cause of Alzheimer’s disease is debatable, modern research has been working on finding out how to prevent this form of dementia.

There are many risk factors, which can be attributed to Alzheimer’s disease.  Age, genetics and history of family are risk factors that cannot be helped, nor can be change.  Some of the best information that has been uncovered in recent years, however, has been gathered from studying identical twins; those who have the same genes and are of the same age, but who have experienced life in different fashions.   These twin studies have shown that, when one twin develops Alzheimer’s disease, the other will be at an increased risk of contracting the disease, but won’t necessarily develop it.

Other studies suggested that even in cases where both twins have Alzheimer’s, the age where symptoms begin to appear could vary drastically.  This suggests that, even though there may be a strong genetic influence in Alzheimer’s disease, other factors also seem to play a major role.  These other factors are aspects that we can alter and what we will focus on, while examining methods of lowering risk factors in Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks the nerve cells in the brain.  Perhaps for this reason, there appears to be a strong link between Alzheimer’s patients and those who have suffered severe head trauma.  Even without the risk of Alzheimer’s taken into consideration, it’s a good idea to protect the head from injury.  For this reason, it’s important that you wear a helmet when bicycling, you should fall-proof your home and practice caution and always use your safety belt, when riding in a vehicle.

Additionally, helping to ward off Alzheimer’s is the theory that one should maintain a healthy lifestyle.  This means that you should eat a healthy and well-balanced diet every day, and should avoid eating fatty or sugary foods in excess.  Tobacco should be avoided, especially since studies have shown that smoking causes a lack of oxygen to the brain and can result in irreversible damage.  For this same reason, one should also avoid drinking in excess.

Staying socially active also helps to lower the risks of Alzheimer’s disease, the interaction with others helping to stimulate the brain.  Additionally, it’s important to keep both the mind and the body well exercised and fit.  Workouts that stimulate the cardiovascular system help to promote good overall health, as well as good mental health.  Some of the strongest evidence, to date, links the health of the heart to that of the brain.  For reasons that are yet unknown, Alzheimer’s disease appears to be increased by a wide variety of conditions that affect and do damage to the heart and blood vessels.  Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and high cholesterol have all been found to be conditions that often go hand-in-hand with Alzheimer’s disease.

One of the more obvious symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease is the patient’s having trouble with figures and language usage and comprehension.  For this reason, it’s highly suggested that those who are at risk of Alzheimer’s disease do what they can to promote a well exercised mind, as well as body.  “How does one exercise the mind,” one might ask?  Numerical puzzles and word searches help to exercise the brain, as do crossword puzzles.  Have you taken the time, recently, to read a good book?  How about discussion groups or poetry readings?  There are so many opportunities to stimulate the brain that it is often overlooked, in favor of just reclining in front of the television.  Set aside time to appreciate the arts or enjoy some classical music; any one of these things will help to stimulate the brain, as well as providing unique and stimulating conversation throughout the week.

Preventing Alzheimer’s disease is best avoided by doing one’s best to live a healthy and productive lifestyle.  While this is no guarantee that a person will not get Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, it lessens the risk, as well as helping to avoid other health related issues.