New research says you have more control than you think. Like many other disease lifestyle choices play a major role in long-term well being. This latest research pertains to 5 lifestyle choices that can affect the development of Alzheimer’s Disease.
This is good news that should give you hope if your grandfather/grandmother or other relative have this disease. The research points specifically to 5 behaviors which affect Alzheimer’s. Medically speaking, there is no cure or way to halt Alzheimer’s disease so the best we can do is make lifestyle modifications to attempt to prevent or slow the disease process.
So get this, the study says that when you do these 4/5 things you have a 60% less chance of developing plaques on your brain. Incredible, right? Hold on to your hats here is the list:
- not smoking– duh, more oxygen can now get to the brain!
- exercising at a moderate to vigorous level for at least 150 minutes a week. That’s 3 days of 50-min exercise
- consuming a brain supporting diet– you should do this anyway. This means you should be eating foods rich in omega-3’s and low in omega-6’s.
- lower your alcohol consumption
- use your head (crosswords, reading, etc)- if you don’t use it you what? Lose it!
I found this quote on the http://www.nbcnews.com article pertaining to this topic. “This reinforces the notion that some of these lifestyle factors may actually affect the trajectory of cognitive aging and the development of dementia,” said Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. “We certainly accept that with heart disease. We need to adopt a similar mindset for cognitive aging.”
If you haven’t heard yet Alzheimer’s is considered type 3 diabetes. Do you remember how to get type 2 diabetes? It’s all lifestyle! Type 1 Diabetes is something most are born with and cannot be reversed, but type 2 can be reversed. I find it absolutely fascinating that some of the best doctors in the World have a hard time accepting your lifestyle matters for every organ in your body not just your heart. Stop pretending diseases aren’t connected to our lifestyles. How you treat your body today will affect your health tomorrow. This is God’s law.