5 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease: 5 Helpful Tips for Prevention
As we age, so do our minds and memories. This does not necessarily mean that you have Alzheimer’s, but it may. This disease is a hard one to diagnose and while there is no current prevention, but Harvard Medical School has compiled a list of helpful ways to help fight against this disease, and make life easier for you and your loved one.
As is the case for overall health, staying in shape and having a healthy weight is the first word of advice to help fight against diseases such as Alzheimer’s. If you find yourself to be a few pounds heavier than you should, doctors encourage physical activity. To help you gauge, a healthy midsection size for men is 40 inches, and 35 for women.
Diet is very important in prevention of Alzheimer’s. Make sure to have a healthy eating habit full of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein, and vitamins. Some suggestions would be: Fish, chicken, beans, tofu, and other healthy fats. If you have a sugar tooth, be mindful of tempering how much you include in your daily diet, along with refined grains, unhealthy fats, and your overall “over snacking” habits.
As in all weight loss and maintaining circumstances, incorporate daily exercise into your routine. This will not only help you stay physically fit, but will also contribute to your blood pressure staying healthy, as well as maintaining your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Some suggestions for seniors would be: swimming, biking, walking, and other forms of aerobics. Doctors recommend 2.5-5 hours of weekly exercise.
Again, as in all medical cases, communication is key. Ask your doctor what range level is healthy for your age and size, in regards to blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, etc. Communicate about changing your eating habits, exercise routine, and if you need to be on any sort of medication regimen.