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Reducing your risk of Alzheimer's disease

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The good news is we’re living longer. Medical advances have improved the odds of surviving conditions like heart disease and cancer. But as the population ages, a lot of us will develop Alzheimer’s. By 2025, more than 7 million Americans are expected to have the disease. Despite all the research, there is no cure.

But will YOU develop Alzheimer’s? And more importantly, can you prevent it?

There are no easy answers. Whether you get it or not depends on a variety of things, including your age and your genetics -- neither of which you can change. While there is no clear-cut way to prevent Alzheimer’s, there is promising research into several factors that may play a role in the development of the disease. These are factors you CAN control.

  • Take Heart Studies show that 80 percent of people with Alzheimer’s also suffered from cardiovascular disease. While more research needs to be done on the possible link between the two, properly managing conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes could possibly lower your risk.

  • Heads Up There is strong evidence that serious head trauma could lead to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Always wear your seatbelt, and don’t ride a bicycle without a helmet. Keep your home well-maintained to reduce the risk of a fall.

  • Get Moving Regular exercise may benefit brain cells by increasing the flow of oxygen.

  • Exercise your brain Learn a new skill. Do puzzles or word games.

  • Stay connected A strong social network helps keep the mind stimulated.

  • Eat your vegetables Eat a diet that’s high in fruits and vegetables and whole grains, and low in sugar, salt and fat to protect your heart, as well as your brain.

While there are no guarantees these changes will help you avoid Alzheimer’s, they can reduce the risk of other health problems and lead to a more enjoyable life as you age.

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