Alzheimer's Prevention

Prevention Practices and Theories

Alzheimer's Disease(AD):

- a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain's nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in a loss of memory, thinking, language skills, and behavioral changes. It is one of the most common forms of dementia for those aged 65 and older.

Dementia:

- a general term that describes a group of symptoms; loss of memory, judgment, language, complex motor skills, and other intellectual function caused by the permanent damage or death of the brain's nerve cells or neurons.

Possible Causes:

PERSONAL TRAITS THAT CONTRIBUTE:

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age(older people develop AD at much higher rates than younger ones)

- family history of AD, Down syndrome, or Parkinson's disease

- precious head trauma or hypothyroidism(thyroid gland does not produce enough of certain important hormones)


ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES:

- pollutants in drinking water

- aluminum from commercial products

- dental fillings containing mercury

Possible Prevention Practices:

They have found no medications that truly cure or slow down the disease. However, there are ways to prevent or lower your chances from AD such as;

- avoid sugar and refined fructose(keep sugar to a minimum and total fructose intake to under 25 grams per day)

- increase consumption of all healthy fats(unsaturated)

- nutritious diet, rich in folate(vegetables)

- exercise regularly

- optimize vitamin D level with safe sun exposure

- eliminate mercury and aluminum

- avoid flu vaccinations

- exercise your brain(learning something new, brain games, playing an instrument, etc.)