Steps You Can Take to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Mental Fitness

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Obesity during your 30s and 40s seems to increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.

A 2008 Kaiser Permanente study of 6,500 men and women discovered that those who were 30 or more pounds overweight and accumulated lots of belly fat in their 40s were 3.6 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s decades later in life.

Studies also show that diabetes (which is of course linked to obesity) also increases the risk of Alzheimer’s. “This may be a direct result of high blood sugar or because diabetes is associated with high cholesterol,” says Arvanitakis. But dropping weight during midlife, especially in the midsection, can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Given the fact that getting more exercise and eating healthier foods (namely vegetables and fruit) also lower our odds of Alzheimer’s – if we pay more attention to any of these areas, the others will benefit as well. If we’re really serious about keeping Alzheimer’s out of our lives (and I believe we all are), we should incorporate all of the advice – to the tune of every single day, starting right now.

A  Harvard study proved that people who ate the most vegetables — especially green leafy ones (like spinach and romaine lettuce) and cruciferous ones (like broccoli and cauliflower) — experienced a slower rate of cognitive decline than those who ate fewer vegetables.

Keep in mind that any foods which are good for your heart will be good for your mind.  A low cholesterol diet will benefit each. High cholesterol increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s because clogged arteries around the heart can lead to damaged blood vessels in the brain.

If that doesn’t inspire us to take up walking and fall head over heart in love with salads, I don’t know what will

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~ Joi

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  • Joi,
    This is a great post. I am going to send it on to many I know. It makes me very glad I am a vegetarian, have been for lots of years now, and I, fortunately, LOVE greens. I actually have cravings for them. Minimum sugar in my diet. Always had a healthy body weight. Whew! Thanks for sharing this reassuring info…

    I also heard that heavy doses of metals (esp, aluminum) in our bodies may contribute to ALZ…. any news on that?

  • My daughter, Brittany, is a really strict vegetarian. I’m always SO relieved and glad to hear from other people who are vegetarians and are healthy. It reassures a mother hen!!!

    I’ve heard the same about heavy doses of metal. I’m going to round up the information I can find on that.

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