How can one Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimers Prevention - There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease but you can prevent it by adopting certain healthy lifestyle choices.

Dr Poonam Sachdev
Written by: Dr Poonam SachdevUpdated at: Dec 14, 2012 15:42 IST
How can one Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?

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Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease (AD) or any known way to prevent it. Some measures which may help to prevent Alzheimer's include:

  • Remain physically active: Being physically active may possibly decrease the risk of Alzheimer's disease or dementia in adults. Any type of moderate activity is good. But before starting any exercise program consult your doctor.
  • Remain mentally active: Older adults who stay mentally active by doing activities such as reading newspapers, books, and magazines, playing cards and other games, working crossword puzzles are possibly at lower risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. Being socially active, watching television or listening to the radio may possibly help avoid symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, high-fibre foods, fish, and omega-3 rich oils (sometimes known as the Mediterranean diet). Healthy diet may provide some protection against dementia.
  • The risk of Alzheimer's disease may be lowered by reducing factors that increase the risk of heart disease. According to some studies, factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess weight and diabetes which are known to increase the risk of heart disease can also possibly increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.

As we understand more on the pathology and causes of Alzheimer's disease, ways to prevent it may also become evident. However, currently there is no definite way to prevent Alzheimer's disease.


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