Mom (or dad) forgot about your weekly get-together. Again.
You've heard about "it" in the past. But you didn't pay much attention.
No one can blame you either - no one ever thinks "this is going to happen to me one day" when it comes to potential bad experiences.
Nor should they.
But here you are and you don't even want to consider it but... You can't help thinking that maybe life is throwing a cruel curveball at you and your family.
Your thoughts are driving you crazy right now.
"Does mom (or dad) have Alzheimer's? No. It can't be... She (or he) is just getting old. It's normal to forget things at her (or his) age. Isn't it?"
You have been led to believe Alzheimer's prevention is impossible. All you and I can do is hope and pray it doesn't happen to us or our loved ones.
And in the meantime we have to wait patiently for doctors and pharmacies to invent the miracle cure.
The truth of the matter, however, is much more encouraging.
Can Alzheimer's Disease be Prevented?
"Promising research shows that you can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias through a combination of simple but effective lifestyle changes.
By leading a brain-healthy lifestyle, you may be able to prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and slow down, or even reverse, the process of deterioration."
Image source: HelpGuide.org
According to HelpGuide.org, the following healthy habits will keep your brain working and as a result, significantly reduce your risk of developing dementia (of which Alzheimer's disease forms a part of):
The Alzheimer's Association also asserts that studies show how key lifestyle changes makes a strong case for Alzheimer's prevention.
They also offer a collection of tips on the overall prevention of cognitive decline: "10 Ways to Love Your Brain".
Infographic source: EverydayHealth.com
There's also an interesting connection between heart health and brain health.
The Alzheimer's Association writes:
"Several conditions known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease — such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol — also increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's. Some autopsy studies show that as many as 80 percent of individuals with Alzheimer's disease also have cardiovascular disease.
A longstanding question is why some people develop hallmark Alzheimer's plaques and tangles but do not develop the symptoms of Alzheimer's.
Vascular disease may help researchers eventually find an answer. Some autopsy studies suggest that plaques and tangles may be present in the brain without causing symptoms of cognitive decline unless the brain also shows evidence of vascular disease. More research is needed to better understand the link between vascular health and Alzheimer’s."
According to Natural News, the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine conducted an exciting study that offers true hope for Alzheimer's prevention.
Natural News writes:
"The study abstract explains that Alzheimer’s is associated with alterations in mitochondrial function which appear even before the earliest symptoms become noticeable. This dysfunction increases production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which cause the increased production of Amyloid beta. This pattern speeds up Alzheimer’s disease development.
The authors conclude vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, and their study set out to determine if it can protect the brain against this damaging pattern.
The researchers used mouse models to determine the effects of vitamin C deficiency and Alzheimer’s-related mutations on how the mitochondria function.
These findings… suggest that vitamin C deficiency could contribute to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s through altered mitochondrial function and that avoiding deficiency through diet and supplementation could protect against disease onset."
Know the Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease
Harvard Health writes:
"Forgetting where you parked your car can be annoying. If it happens all the time, it can be disturbing, and you may worry that it's a sign of a more serious condition.
But don't panic.
There's a difference between normal age-related memory slips, such as forgetting where the car keys are, and more serious signs of memory loss, such as forgetting what car keys are used for.
Early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease include frequent memory loss, confusion about locations, taking longer to accomplish normal daily tasks, trouble handling money and paying bills, loss of spontaneity, and mood and personality changes.
'If you have a decline in your memory or thinking that affects your ability to perform any of your daily routines, ask your doctor for a screening to evaluate you for Alzheimer's and related conditions,' says Dr. Gad Marshall, a Harvard Medical School assistant professor of neurology."
Thanks to CaregiverConnection.org for the above infographic.
Alzheimer's is not a death sentence.
You don't have to sit around and wonder if (or when) it will hit you, your spouse, your parents or someone dear to you.
Alzheimer's prevention is in your hands. You just need to make the right lifestyle choices.
Have you and your family done your own research about preventing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia? What useful tips have you learned? Share your experience with us in the comments section.
Article curated by Melissa Niemann
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