Dementia affects millions of Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death. Its growing prevalence has many people looking for ways to prevent the disease.
Natural steps that may help ward off dementia include staying active, eating healthy and being social, Everyday Health noted.
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Stimulating your mind with such activities as learning a new language, playing memory games, working puzzles, and playing a musical instrument could lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's Everyday Health said.
Social activities such as volunteering, connecting with friends and taking classes can lower risks of dementia by reducing stress, avoiding isolation and stimulating the mind.
University of College London researchers identified nine risk factors for developing Alzheimer's disease, and recommended lifestyle changes to help lower those risks, Today reported.
The nine factors linked to Alzheimer's are:
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- Hearing loss
- Physical activity
- Social isolation
Looking to your diet may help boost your memory and lessen the risk of dementia. Some vitamins and fatty acids have been shown to be beneficial to neurological health.
Vitamin B-12, commonly found in fish and poultry, taken along with omega-3 fatty acids may help slow cognitive decline, Healthline noted.
Vitamin E also may aid memory and can be found in nuts, seeds, dark-colored seeds, and vegetables.
Many doctors recommend the Mediterranean diet, rich in fish, nuts, whole grains and fresh produce, to improve memory, Healthline noted.
Everyday Health also recommends colorful fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants along with green tea, turmeric, curcumin, and avoiding saturated fats, fried and processed food, red meat and full-fat dairy.
This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.
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