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How Can I Cut My Alzheimer's Risk?

By    |   Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 09:44 AM

Question: Is there anything I can take — or do — to cut my risk of developing Alzheimer's? We just placed my father in a residential facility because he has dementia. I'm worried that I might also be at risk. I'm 55.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
No vitamin or medication supplements have shown any ability to delay the onset of dementia or Alzheimer's disease yet. We have some medications that are available by prescription that will delay the progression of this dementia, but none so far that we can use for prevention.
 
The best preventive strategies seem to be associated with an active lifestyle, sensible healthy diets, and continued brain stimulation with executive functions (i.e. reading, memory recall activities, socialization not isolation, continued learning). Anything we can do to prevent the accumulation of amyloid plaques in our brains may help and that is the focus of much research.
 
Recurrent head injury, concussions, drug abuse, and certain medications have been linked to increased dementia risks. Be sure to allow for sufficient sleep, which keeps the brain functioning at top levels. Treat underlying disorders known to affect brain circulation adversely, avoid cigarette smoking, and be sure to manage cholesterol disorders and hypertension aggressively.

Above all, "exercise" your brain and remember that a healthy brain is hard to maintain without a healthy body to feed it the nutrients and oxygen it needs for optimal function.

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No vitamin or medication supplements have shown any ability to delay the onset of dementia, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risks.
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