Decreasing Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionTrusted Source (CDC), at least 5.8 million people in the U.S. have the condition. The number of cases starts to rapidly rise with age. The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) doubles every year past age 65 – with symptoms showing up as early as age 60.

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, recent research has found that a healthy lifestyle can decrease the risk of developing the disease. A study published this month (April 2022) in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found there are actions we can take that not only add years to our lives but add years lived without having Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers developed a healthy lifestyle score based on five lifestyle factors, diet, cognitive activities, physical activity, smoking, and alcohol consumption.

“It is important to incorporate green leafy vegetables, whole grains, berries, fish, and nuts while cutting down on red meat to improve brain health,” Hayley B Kristinsson, PsyD, a neuropsychologist at UCI Health, told Healthline.” [ Read the full Healthline article here ]