Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease
Many studies have shown that Alzheimer’s disease can be fought before it appears. It is possible to prevent Alzheimer’s developing by healthy eating and daily activities. Find out more in the following article.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people around the world. It is the most common form of dementia and is an irreversible, progressive brain disease. This neuro-degenerative disorder is characterised by memory loss and reduced mental capacities. This happens because nerve cells die and the brain becomes damaged.
Alzheimer’s normally occurs in those aged 65 or over. Those suffering from this disease can co-exist with it up to 10 years after diagnosis, though symptoms worsen over time. First discovered by two psychiatrists at the start of the last century, the initial stage of Alzheimer’s is to forget information. For example, remembering what was said in coversation.
Further symptoms of Alzheimer’s includes mental confusion, mood swings, long term memory loss, irritability, isolation and speech disorders. The cause of Alzheimer’s is still unknown. Medical treatments can not cure, only partially treat.
Habits that may prevent Alzheimer’s
As previously stated, there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or treatment to prevent it or slow it down. Scientists advise that good dietary and physical habits can help. This is so that people will not develop the disease or show as many symptoms. You should keep these healthy habits in mind:
- Reduce your consumption of trans and saturated fats: these ‘bad’ fats cause cholesterol levels to rise and the formation of harmful plaque in the brain (a characteristic of Alzheimer’s).
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