Reducing Your Risk of Alzheimers Disease
Because the causes are unknown, there are currently no guidelines for reducing your risk of Alzheimers disease . Scientists are studying medicines and lifestyle factors that may help ward off the condition. Diet, mental activity, and exercise may play a role in brain health. For example:
- Regular exercise and social engagement may decrease the risk of developing dementia.
- There is some evidence that the Mediterranean diet may help lower your risk of Alzheimers disease, as well. This diet includes foods like fruits, vegetables , grains, beans, seeds, olive oil, and fish.
- Drinking alcohol may be beneficial, but it is drinking in moderation, one drink per day for women, two drinks per day for men.
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- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014
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