Our Alzheimer's Awareness Month newsletter series is focused on raising awareness and promoting brain health. The series will consist of four articles, which will be released once a week throughout the month of June. Each article will cover different aspects of brain health and Alzheimer's disease, offering helpful tips and information to encourage readers to prioritize their brain health.
Protect Your Mind: Effective Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
June 19, 2023
Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating brain disorder that is the leading cause of dementia and is projected to affect approximately 150 million people by 2050. These projections are especially alarming because 35%-40% are due to modifiable risk factors and can be prevented.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that leads to loss of memory, thinking skills, and the ability to carry out daily tasks of living; thus, early preventative actions are imperative.
The steps to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease include physical exercise, a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, maintaining a healthy weight, and controlling vascular risk factors:
Regular exercise is a strategy to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. Exercise benefits brain health by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the brain. The recommended amount of exercise is 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise 3-4 days per week.
Choosing a diet high in wild-caught, prairie-raised, and free-range proteins, along with limiting your intake of sugar and carbohydrates is recommended for supporting overall health and may improve memory in older adults.
Getting enough sleep is associated with greater amyloid clearance from the brain (amyloid plaques in the brain are a primary characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease).
A higher midlife body mass index (BMI) has been associated with developing Alzheimer’s disease. A healthy diet and regular exercise are effective ways to maintain a healthy weight and simultaneously lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Common cardiovascular disease risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Some autopsy research has found that vascular disease is present in 80% of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar through diet, exercise, or even medication presents a potential step to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. If you are diabetic or have high cholesterol and irregular blood sugar levels, consider TLC Metabolic Formula for its unique formula in helping lower blood sugar levels, decrease cholesterol, and give your immunity a boost.
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Although Alzheimer’s disease is extremely prevalent and has debilitating effects, many actions can reduce the risk of developing it. Some easy steps to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease include regular exercise, a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep. These three steps will also help to maintain a healthy weight and lower vascular risk factors, thus synergistically lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
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