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6 tips for reducing the risk of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease still waiting on a cure. But while a cure is still being researched, scientists have discovered multiple ways to keep the brain healthy and help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease development. 

  1. Don’t smoke – heavy midlife smokers more than double their chances of developing dementia later on.
  2. Control your cholesterol levels – high levels of bad cholesterol can harm both your brain and heart. A “good” cholesterol level of 55 mg/dl or higher can help protect you from Alzheimer’s.
  3. Drink in moderation – According to The Alcohol Dementia Dictionary, alcohol-related dementia is believed to be responsible for about 10 percent of all cases of cognitive deterioration.
  4. Exercise – walking regularly can increase the hippocampus, thus strengthening the brain’s memory functions.
  5. Treating mid-life hypertension reduces dementia later in life.
  6. Increase your cognitive activity as it appears to increase cognitive reserve and blunts the early effects of Alzheimer’s.
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