1 in 3 cases of Alzheimer’s can be prevented

1 in 3 cases of Alzheimer’s can be prevented

Recent statistics show that, by 2050, there will be more than 100 million people living worldwide who will have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Comparing this number with the current situation, it may seem like an alarm signal (there currently exist more than 30 million people affected by the issue), but we have to consider some factors, out of which natality is the first one that comes to mind.

Image credit: Flickr cc

Nevertheless, it’s important to know how Alzheimer’s can be prevented, particularly because nobody wants to lose their minds, especially in old age. According to the study presented by the University of Cambridge, England, lack of exercise and smoking are among the greatest threats to human health in general and couch potatoes and heavy smokers have a particularly high risk of developing Alzheimer’s. In total, there are 7 things that increase the possibility of Alzheimer’s occurence:

  1. Lack of exercise
  2. Diabetes
  3. High blood pressure in middle age
  4. Obesity in middle age
  5. Depression
  6. Smoking
  7. Low education

The last risk factor is, evidently, the most interesting one. If low education intervenes in cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, then it’s clearly only a question of exercising memory and other brain functionalities. It may come as a shock for some readers of this article, but there are huge numbers of individuals out there today that fail to use their intellectual capabilities the right way. They may even fail to use them at all.

Ironically, obesity and lack of exercise are mostly to be incriminated in the occurrence of the disease we’re talking about. It is an ironical turn of events because fatty acids and fat tissue in general is said to nourish brain cells.

According to Doug Brown, PhD and director of research and development at the Alzheimer’s Society in the UK,

This valuable study adds to a growing body of evidence strongly suggesting that simple lifestyle changes can help lower our risk of developing dementia.

Just remember, what’s good for your heart is also good for your head. So start making some changes in your life. Start having a 30 minute walk every day and eating just a little healthier. Instead of some fast food, eat some grilled chicken and a salad. Try it and you’ll see the results in a matter of weeks.You’ll feel younger, thinner and you’ll recuperate your long lost energy.

Regular exercise is a good place to start as well as avoiding smoking and eating a Mediterrane
an diet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.