How to Prevent Alzheimer’s

By on 11/03/2016

As you’re probably well aware, Alzheimer’s is a severe form of dementia that is caused by brain cell death. Over time, more and more brain cells die and the brain literally starts to shrink in size. The main symptoms include memory loss and confusion that becomes more severe over time – beyond the normal range of forgetfulness that naturally comes with age.

What’s worse is there is currently no cure, and once diagnosed, the average patient will not live longer than 8 years past diagnosis. Currently there are over 5 million Americans suffering from the disease.

Alzheimer’s Risk Factors Include:

  • Age – Increasing age is the greatest known cause of Alzheimer’s, with people over the age of 65 being most at risk.
  • Family History/Genetics – Your risk increases if a direct relative (like a mom or sister) has suffered from the disease.
  • Sex – For unknown reasons, women are more likely to develop the disease than men.
  • Past Head Trauma – There is a correlation between people who have suffered severe head trauma in the past and an increased risk in developing Alzheimer’s.
  • Lifestyle and Heart Health – Obesity, not exercising, smoking, poor diet, type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol all increase your risk.
  • Learning/Education – Studies show those who remain engaged in learning, critical thinking and socially stimulating tasks have a reduced risk, while those who have a lower education level and/or do not engage in challenging mental tasks are at an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s.

There is no way to say it other than Alzheimer’s is a terrible and heartbreaking disease that affects the patient as well as their entire family.

Since there is no cure, you better do all that you can to prevent Alzheimer’s.

Certain risk factors like age and sex you clearly cannot change, however, you can have a positive effect on your overall risk factor by increasing your lifestyle and physical health as well as your mental stimulation.

If you are overweight and/or diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you need to do everything in your power to lose weight and keep your blood sugar in check.

If you are a smoker – STOP. If you are around second-hand smoke frequently, you need to find a way to escape.

Because Alzheimer’s is caused by brain cell death, it is clearly imperative that you do everything in your ability to boost your brain health. Taking a Nano Crystalline Cellulose (NCC) supplement is a great example of how you can help prevent brain cell death as this supplement actively encourages nerve cell growth. Two other crucial dementia-fighting supplements we should all be taking are Gingko Biloba and Phosphatidylserine (PS).  It has long been known that Gingko Biloba promotes healthy blood circulation, prevents neural damage and encourages the growth and development of neural stem cells. Phosphatidylserine is the hard-to-say name of a critical amino acid that maintains the strength and fluidity of cell membranes and is crucial to healthy brain function.

Another way to positively impact your brain is to exercise it, just like you would the muscles in your body. You need to keep your brain stimulated, keep those neurons firing and keep all the various areas of your brain engaged and active. Great ideas include reading books, volunteering in your community, having a part-time job, learning a new game like chess or bridge, doing a puzzle or any other activity that actively engages your mind and keeps you thinking and growing mentally. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it!alzheimers prevention

Unfortunately, there is no test to determine whether or not you will suffer from Alzheimer’s later in life. At this point, the best medicine is still prevention. Doing all you can to keep your body healthy and brain supported will go a long way in reducing your risk factors and keeping dementia at bay.

 

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