While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, some research points to some prevention. Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco said that over 50% of all Alzheimer’s cases might be prevented through certain lifestyle changes.
- 1. Control your blood sugar
Scientists have found a distinct link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Many of the patients in their study had pre-diabetes and early-onset Alzheimer’s, so be sure to be informed on family history and have your blood sugar tested regularly.
- 2. Keep your cholesterol and blood pressure in control.
A guiding principle for Alzheimer’s is: if it’s good for your heart, it’s good for your brain, too. Check your cholesterol and high blood pressure, and work with your doctor to develop a plan against high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
- 3. Review your diet.
Doctor’s recommend eating more fish, green tea, cocoa, and olive oil can help prevent Alzheimer’s by boosting proteins and preventing plaque blockages.
- 4. Keep your body active.
Exercise can help protect the part of the brain that governs memory and spatial navigation. No matter what age you start, keeping your body active and exercising regularly can help you prevent Alzheimer’s.
- 5. Keep your mind active.
Activities like playing a musical instrument, strategy games, reading, or doing crosswords can help reduce the risk of dementia by up to 75%. These actives keep your brain’s connections working. If you don’t want to lose it, use it.
While these findings are from early-stage research and not yet explored in clinical trials, they do show impressive results and that easy lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in the quality of your future. For more information about health care insurance and Utah Medicare Advantage plans, click here or call Z-West Insurance Group today at (888) 733-5707 to speak with a UT Medicare expert.