No one wants to admit they may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s than others. However, there are some risk factors which can increase the chance of getting it. Health Briefs TV reviews some easy steps we can take to prevent getting Alzheimer’s.
Medical studies have found that people with diabetes tend to have a better chance of developing a mild form dementia than those who are not diabetic. And those who are diabetic may have decline into full dementia later. One of the best ways to reduce the likelihood of this is to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes eating more nutritious foods and getting plenty of exercise.
A change in lifestyle choices can also reduce the chance of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Strong results from medical research have shown that quitting smoking, even in mid-life, can decrease the risks. One major study found that heavy smoking in middle age can double the risk of dementia later in life. For those who have tried to quit before – try it again. There are numerous products available to lessen the nicotine addiction as one quits.
The Health Briefs TV show also suggests using one of the memory games being sold. These may be helpful in the long term to lessen the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Plus, they are fun. Why not get a few to take on family vacation this summer and challenge each other? Everything we can do to prevent Alzheimer’s is at our fingertips and quite easy and affordable to do.