Since 1983, November has been celebrated as the Alzheimer’s Diseases Awareness Month thanks to President Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately, he also developed this brain condition and passed away in 2004.
This disease ranks sixth among the deadliest conditions across the United States, with mortality rates twice as high as those from prostate and breast cancers combined. Worse, Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder which cannot be cured.
However, regardless of whether you have Alzheimer’s or not, you must maintain a positive attitude. That is why public health officials strongly recommend people to stick to the following rules in order prevent or at least manage this condition.
Experts stress the importance of prevention because memory loss is caused not just by Alzheimer’s, but also by other factors such as delirium, thyroid issues, and vitamin deficiencies. In order to prevent the development of these health conditions, specialists strongly recommend healthy people and those at risk to focus on exercises and diet.
Make sure you do at least twenty minutes of physical exercises every day. Also, you can set a weekly fitness goal of 150 minutes. You can maintain a healthy weight if you combine physical exercises with healthy dietary habits.
Add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, olive oil, and nuts to your diet. On the other hand, try to avoid processed foods, especially meat. Based on the recent studies, people who are socially active have a lower risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and brain disorders.
Doctors explain that the development of a disease is like a chain reaction. People who eat junk food and become overweight or obese are more likely to develop diabetes, while this condition increases the risks of Alzheimer’s, which is also called type 3 diabetes.
Although Alzheimer’s can’t be cured yet, the FDA has approved a list of medications which proved to be effective to a certain extent. More precisely, these drugs slow the progression of this disease and help the patients maintain their cognitive processes.
However, they are effective only if this brain disorder is detected in its early stages. Last but not least, no Alzheimer’s patient should feel alone as there are many organization throughout the country, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, which provide support and treatment.
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