Alzheimer’s disease has been researched for decades. While there are no definitive ways to prevent the disease, early data suggests some changes can be made during one’s lifetime.
The Alzheimer’s Association has the latest updates on research that is being conducted for individuals with genetic mutations that predispose them to disease.
As far as prevention, the Association has a list that includes lifestyle changes that not only improve brain health but overall health.
The list includes, exercise, healthy diet, brain exercise with cognitive work such as crossword puzzles and decreasing stress. In looking at this list, all of these changes support better health overall.
Nothing has been proven to prevent Alzheimer’s, but eating a Mediterranean diet has been associated with a decrease risk in dementia. This diet is rich in vegetables, legumes, fish and olive oil as the primary source of fat in the diet.
Alzheimer’s Disease continues to be studied and any breakthroughs in prevention and treatment will be welcome as millions of individuals worldwide are affected.
Prerana Sangani, MD, June 15, 2021