Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the more common health concerns for adults in the US. This is especially true for the elderly and their loved ones. Nearly 6 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s; a figure that experts believe could reach nearly 14 million by the year 2050. Alzheimer’s is also the 6th leading cause of death in the US. Needless to say, preventing Alzheimer’s should be a leading health priority for adults. That’s why the healthcare providers here at Family Practice Center are happy to share some tips for how people can lower their risk of developing this condition.
Get Enough Sleep
There is a connection between getting enough nightly sleep and brain health. Getting the recommended 7 – 9 hours of sleep every night can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by clearing the brain of proteins called amyloids that are closely associated with Alzheimer’s.
Be Physically Active
Exercise is critical in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Physical exercise can help prevent the development of Alzheimer’s and slow the progression of the disease in people who are already showing some degree of Alzheimer’s symptoms by increasing blood and oxygen flow in the brain. We recommend getting a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three to four days per week.
Take Care of Your Heart
There is a distinct connection between the health of your heart and the health of your mind. Several conditions known that are associated with an increased risk of heart disease including high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol can also increase a person’s Alzheimer’s risk. It is estimated that as many as 80% of people with Alzheimer’s also have cardiovascular disease. That’s why it’s important to promote good heart health by eating a healthy diet, reducing stress, and keeping your blood pressure down.
Exercise Your Mind
Performing certain activities can help people keep their mind sharp and boost memory as they age. This includes doing puzzles, maintaining a social life, listening to music every day, drawing, and reading.
Being proactive earlier in life when it comes to preventing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can make of world of difference in reducing your risk as you age. Even small, gradual steps can pay major dividends years down the road. For more information on Alzheimer’s or to schedule an appointment with us, please contact Family Practice Center today. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional health tips, news, and so much more.