Alzheimer’s Preventable with Lifestyle Changes

August 30, 2011
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New research suggests that nearly half of worldwide Alzheimer’s disease cases can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle changes that are often associated with preventing other chronic health conditions.

New research suggests that nearly half of worldwide Alzheimer’s disease cases can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle changes that are often associated with preventing other chronic health conditions.


Researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center concluded that the following contributed to the disease: physical inactivity, depression, smoking, mid-life hypertension, mid-life obesity, low education and diabetes. And that changing these could prevent Alzheimer’s.


In analyzing data from other Alzheimer’s studies with thousands of participants, lead researcher Deborah Barnes, Ph.D., found that together these risk factors are linked with 54% of Alzheimer’s cases in the United States (2.9 million cases) and 51% of cases worldwide (17.2 million cases).


That is pretty compelling evidence. And totally in sync with what we write about here at WMD. These issues overlap but it comes down to one thing – how we take care of ourselves now will affect whether we age with a great quality of life or a low quality of life.


When researchers say that simple lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity and quitting smoking could have a tremendous impact on preventing Alzheimer’s and other dementias that is worth paying attention. And it is nothing more than what we have advocated here. Educated Aging – Financial, Emotional and Physical Health.

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