We know a lot about what happens during the course of Alzheimer’s and how the symptoms affect memory and behaviour. What we don’t know is what kicks off that whole process. Researchers have narrowed down seven lifestyle choices that can drastically reduce the onset of this debilitating disease.
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Alzheimer’s disease isn’t a normal part of aging, nor does it affect just seniors.
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1. Mind Your Mind
Use it or lose it. Keep your brain active by learning, doing puzzles and engaging in social activities.
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2. Mind Your Diet
Reduce saturated fats and eat plenty of vitamins and antioxidant-rich foods.
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3. Mind Your Body
Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
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4. Watch the Numbers
Have regular health checks for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body weight.
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Interacting with people will help keep you stimulated and lively.
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6. Lose the bad Habits
Be sure to get enough sleep, don’t drink too much and don’t smoke.
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7. Mind Your Head
Take steps to avoid head injury, for example using a seat belt, wearing a bike helmet and preventing falls.