People who have adopted an overall eating life style whereby they eat according to the rational Mediterranean diet which stresses the increased consumption of fruit and vegetables and heart-healthy fats have a much lower risk of acquiring Alzheimer’s disease. It is even considered that Alzheimer’s and dementia may in fact result from the classical western diet which is high in red meat, sugar and saturated fats and less nutritious than the Mediterranean diet, and therefore strongly suggests that the well-balanced Mediterranean diet should indeed be adopted. A low intake of saturated fats and a low ingestion of alcohol consumption are also emphasized whereas a higher intake of fruit and vegetables, cereal and fish is essential and fundamental at reducing the risk in Alzheimer’s disease. Foods high in Omega 3 fish oil supplements such as olive oil are suggested as they are widely considered to help protect the brain and prevent Alzheimer's Disease by lowering the risk. Abstaining from alcohol and eating well-balanced, nutrient-rich meals are also recommendations for improved cardiovascular health and may
The questions that people are asking are what can we do to delay or decrease the risk of Alzheimer's disease and studies have shown us that being physically active and the performance of routine physical activity during our lifetime can have a major role in reducing the danger of developing the disease. However, concrete answers to questions such as what sort of physical activity, to what extent should it be carried out and how often should the activity be undertaken are still unknown. Studies have shown that the brain, even in the later years, can grow and develop, and function better if stimulated by exercise, even though we are not yet aware of exactly how long we should exercise for. We do not know if running a mile or two each day is enough or actually promises us complete protection for an additional 10 years, but we do know that the more thorough the physical activity, then the risk is inhibited and can actually be reduced. There is also a strong theory that aerobic activities of relatively low intensity and flexibility movement is highly recommended over strength activities like muscle-strengthening activities or working out with weights but the true facts are still partial.
A lot of people are interested in how they can to avoid Alzheimer’s disease. In this blog I’ve compiled a few helpful tips from the literature, as well as from experiments done in the Roskamp institute and elsewhere, on how we can reduce our risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. As the world’s population ages we are at increasing risk for AD, about 5 Million people in the United States have it, and there are many more at risk. These numbers are amplified many times around the world. The risk of the disease is affected by genetics, but we shouldn’t be very fatalistic about it since in addition to genetic factors there are environmental ones. In other words, there are elements of the environment and how we interact with it that mitigate our disease risk or increase it. This is the subject of this lecture. Some of the literature indicates quite clearly that if we commit to doing certain things and maintaining certain lifestyles, our risk will be mitigated. In Coming weeks we’ll upload short videos explaining each tip and how it can be implemented. We’ve also made the power point presentation seen in the videos available for download.