Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that is estimated to affect over 400,000 people in Australia and is the second-largest cause of death. It robs you of your individuality and personality, leaving most sufferers in a confusing world that doesn’t match the real one. It can be even more painful for loved ones to watch as the person they know and love is slowly taken from them.
Unfortunately, despite intensive research, there is not yet a cure for Alzheimer’s. However, the good news is that research indicates some steps can be taken to reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s.
It should be stressed that research is ongoing, these steps are likely to help but not yet conclusively proven to prevent Alzheimer’s.
Most people don’t visit a brain surgeon unless they have an issue. However, having a regular scan of your brain can help doctors to identify issues as they start to occur. This may not enable the prevention of the condition but it will help to ensure sufferers make the most of the time they have.
Undertaking the following prevention tactics can also help:
- Stop Smoking
Smoking is becoming less common as taxes and health warnings slowly take effect. This is good as it appears there is a link between smoking and the development of Alzheimer’s. If you do smoke it’s time to stop, it can help improve longevity.
- Eat Healthily
Eating healthily is a good tactic to prevent any disease from attacking your body. Simply ensuring you consume carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, and vegetables every day will help to ensure your body has all the nutrients it needs.
This will help to ensure that your body works properly, improving its ability to fight off infection and decreasing the likelihood of Alzheimer’s.
- Regulate Cardiovascular Function
Alongside eating healthily you should have your cholesterol and blood pressure taken regularly. This will allow you to take steps to reduce them if they are high. Getting these under control will help with your long-term health and reduce the likelihood of contracting Alzheimer’s.
Exercise is another thing that should be undertaken regularly for overall health. You should aim for between 3-5 sessions of thirty minutes each per week. Your exercise should leave you out of breath. This ensures your heart is pumping, supplying nutrients to your body, and keeping everything working properly.
- Be Socially Active
Arguably one of the most important things you can do to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s is to stay socially and mentally active. Meet people and challenge yourself daily. Being active physically and mentally helps to keep many conditions away. It also makes life more enjoyable.