Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can I Prevent Alzheimer's?

Friday, 13 July 2012 09:58 AM

Question: Alzheimer’s seems to run in my family. Is there anything I can do to prevent it?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle maximizes healthy input and stimulation to the brain. Scientists are constantly researching ways of preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Preventive strategies therefore, that are recommended are to indulge in some form of physical activity as it is so beneficial to the brain by promoting increased blood flow to the brain: you could include walking between 7,000 and 12,000 steps daily, several times a week, buy yourself a pedometer to remind yourself to walk and to keep track of your daily steps, dance, do gardening, knit, indulge in light aerobic exercise. Eating healthy is another way to consider: consume more of fatty fish and omega-3 fatty acids, increase antioxidants, decrease salty, canned foods, and red meats. Above all, remain social and involved, learning new information as it literally changes the structural and chemical integrity of the brain, promoting brain reserve: You could learn a new language, travel, learn to play an instrument, reduce stress from your life: pray,learn yoga, meditation, breathing techniques for relaxation.

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