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How to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's?

  • Age, family history and genetics are all risk factors we can’t change. However, research is beginning to reveal clues about other risk factors that we may be able to influence.
  • There appears to be a strong link between serious head injury and future risk of Alzheimer’s.
  • It’s important to protect your head by buckling your seat belt, wearing a helmet when participating in sports and proofing your home to avoid falls
  • Another promising line of research suggests that strategies for overall healthy aging may help keep the brain healthy and may even reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
  • These measures include eating a healthy diet, staying socially active, avoiding tobacco and excess alcohol, and exercising both the body and mind.
  • Research has shown that those with fewer years of formal education are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s and other dementias than those with more years of formal education.
  • Scientists believe that having more years of education helps to create a “cognitive reserve” that enables patients to better compensate for changes in the brain resulting from Alzheimer’s or other neurological diseases.
  • Detect and treat diabetes. Diabetes, and its treatments, can impact the brain and cognitive function, making it another risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.

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