Alzheimer's Prevention

Possible Causes and Prevention Practices

What is Alzheimer's disease?

A rare and debilitating neurodegenerative disease. So what exactly does this disease do? Simply put, the disease attacks neurons in the brains by the use of two abnormal structures; amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. These structures clump together between nerve cells and effectively block signals from moving through. At the beginning of the disease one may experience forgetfulness and the inability to perform common tasks. As the disease progresses, symptoms become more obvious and it becomes more difficult to complete even the most simple of tasks, such as eating and drinking.

We now know that Alzheimer's can be caused from a wide variety of factors. One of the main factors being your genetics, however the disease can be caused by other things like your diet, rate of exercise, or even how much you challenge your brain! As of today, there are no definite ways to prevent Alzheimer's, but that doesn't mean you can't try.

Alzheimer's Prevention

The best way to protect yourself from Alzheimer's is to lead a healthy lifestyle. Scientists agree that as of now, this is the most surefire way to reduce your risk of contracting a whole multitude of nasty diseases. Exposing yourself to sunlight has also proved to be beneficial in preventing dementia.

Our ancestors ate foods high in saturated fats and virtually devoid of non-vegetable carbohydrates. Today we tend to eat foods with excessive amounts of highly processed carbohydrates, GMO's (genetically modified foods), while consuming less and less of our much need saturated fats.

Even challenging your brain daily, wether it be learning a new language, or practicing with a musical instrument, has been associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer's. Other activities like puzzles, chess, word games, or reading may reduce your risk.

(I will be using the term 'AD' in place of Alzheimer's)

And if that wasn't enough for you, there's a large number of diets and supplements that can be used to reduce your risk for contracting this disease. To name a few, Ginkgo, from the Ginkgo Biloba tree, is the most widely used herbal remedy for AD, and evidence suggests that it may be effective in treating patients with mild to moderate AD. Once daily consumption of 2,000 IU vitamin E has also proven effective in slowing the progression of AD.

In the end, you can gather that it's a good idea to consume your daily serving of fruits and veggies, and to get your exercise in here and there. Leading a healthy lifestyle will bring you just one step closer to Alzheimer's Prevention... which may just make a whole world of difference down the road.

Researched and Created by Tim Rineer and Victor Camacho-Torres.