Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention

As over 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s and over 500,000 of them are under the age of 65, it is well worth looking into preventative measures.

I’m highlighting 10 points from an AOL article by Vicki Salemi with a link below to the full article. The sentences in parentheses are my comments on some of the points. The doctor in Ms. Salemi’s article does recommend certain drugs as preventative measures; we, personally, prefer non-drug methods as much as possible, as all drugs have some negative side effects which can outweigh any benefits.

Vitamin B Work with your doctor to put together a plan to incorporate whatever vitamins you are deficient in, particularly Vitamin B. [Our doctor said that Vitamin B is the most difficult vitamin for the body to absorb, so he suggests a quality B complex even if it is the only vitamin you take.]

Heart Healthy Foods Implement a heart healthy diet that’s low in fat and high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Mental Gymnastics Taking your brain out of the comfort zone is one way to make connections and remain stimulated, such as doing crossword puzzles, creates a multi-dimensional connection.

Exercise Thirty minutes of exercise several times a week is beneficial for brain health. Exercise brings more oxygen to your brain, it helps burn excess sugar, it enhances hormones and is good for blood flow.

Avoid Heavy Metal Contamination Avoid shrimp and shellfish due to the mercury. Avoid exposure to aluminum in general, aluminum foil, pots and pans or deodorant with aluminum as an ingredient. [When buying fish, we look for “wild caught” on the label, and albacore in tuna, as they are supposed to be lower in heavy metals, though some doctors avoid fish completely, such as Dr. Mercola.]

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Naproxens (Aleve) and ibuprofens (Advil and other over the counter drugs) have shown that using pain relievers can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Essentially these medications block enzymes that promote inflammation, fevers and pain. [As mentioned earlier, we personally prefer non-drug methods.]

Statins A study showed that statins, a cholesterol-reducing drug, lowered the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 73%. [Again, we personally prefer non-drug methods.]

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Lose Weight According to a recent study, abdominal fat (sometimes described as having an apple shaped body rather than a pear shape) has been linked to boosting your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Social Interaction Community activities, attending a religious service, volunteering, going to museums or movie theater or other activities that involve social interaction stimulates the brain muscle, similar to what lifting weights does for other muscles in the body.

Click here to read the full article by Vicki Salemi.

A recent study showed a high success rate in Alzheimer’s prevention and recovery with organic blueberries.

Blueberries are a high source of anti-oxidants. You will find them in many of the anti-oxidant drinks on the market. However, I heard a talk by Dr. Don Colbert, it is briefly mentioned in his book, Seven Pillars of Heatlh, p. 213, that a study was done on rats with Alzheimer’s symptoms. After receiving blueberries in their diets, the Alzheimer’s symptoms disappeared. Dr. Colbert suggests that anyone middle-age or older has ¼ cup of organic blueberries per day (organic so you won’t be taking in pesticides), to prevent, and possibly reverse, symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

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