Can it be prevented?
Alzheimer’s disease is the fastest growing epidemic in the Western world. If we all live to be 85 years old, almost half of us will have Alzheimer’s. This is a frightening future we are facing! Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms develop slowly and worsen over time. In earlier stages, memory loss is mild, but in the later stages, it can be challenging for a person with Alzheimer’s to carry on a conversation or respond to their environment. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this heart-breaking disease, but there are lots of preventative measures you can take.
A big step is making sure that your diet includes a wide variety of color and lots of plant-based foods. When we consume these foods with high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, we are protecting our cells from free radicals that can create early aging and damage within our cells. Other good brain foods to include are foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids like flaxseeds, walnuts, chia seeds, and salmon. A deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids has been linked to depression, memory and learning issues, as well as dementia.
Exercise and getting enough sleep are crucial in preventing and slowing the progression of symptoms for this disease. Lastly, keeping your brain sharp through mental activity is extremely important in helping to prevent Alzheimer’s. Learning how to play a musical instrument, learning how to ballroom dance, solving puzzles, meditation, and mindfulness practices are just a few great ways to keep your brain stimulated and healthy!
This disease can be stressful and sad for everyone involved, but there is good news: we can be proactive! If you have any other questions about diets or lifestyles, feel free to reach out to Devin Moore for personalized research or a tour.
Note: The contents of this article are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider with any questions.