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.
- Don’t smoke – heavy midlife smokers more than double their chances of developing dementia later on.
- 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.
- 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.
- Exercise – walking regularly can increase the hippocampus, thus strengthening the brain’s memory functions.
- Treating mid-life hypertension reduces dementia later in life.
- Increase your cognitive activity as it appears to increase cognitive reserve and blunts the early effects of Alzheimer’s.