5 Ways You Can Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

Posted on: June 29th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

It’s estimated that 5.5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, and that 1 in 10 adults over the age of 65 will develop this condition. While there is no known cure, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce your chances of developing it. Since June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, CarePro would like to offer you the following tips:

  • Give your brain a workout.

 

Education doesn’t have to end just when you leave school. From taking a class at a community college or community center to taking up a hobby that keeps your mind sharp, giving your brain a workout can reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s.

 

  • Have a little help from your friends.

 

Spending time socializing and engaging with friends can help keep you mentally sharp. In fact, staying social with not only your friends, but also within the community can keep your brain active and happy.

 

  • Be kind to your heart.

 

If you have risk factors for heart conditions, evidence shows that you could be putting your mental health at risk as well. Obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes can have a negative impact on your cardiovascular system and increase your risk of Alzheimer’s.

 

  • Make sleep a priority.

 

A lack of sleep can result in reduced memory function and thinking. If you find that getting adequate sleep at night is a challenge, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Consult with your doctor if you think you may have this condition. Treatments such as CPAP machines are available to ensure you get a good night’s sleep!

 

  • Eat right and exercise.

 

We know this mantra tends to be used for just about every health condition, but it’s true! Exercise increases the blood flow to the brain, and some research shows that there is a connection between physical activity and cognition. Some preliminary studies also suggest that certain diets (such as the Mediterranean diet) can help reduce your risk factor.

By adopting certain lifestyle habits, you can take proactive steps to reducing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. The experts at CarePro Pharmacies can also help. We carry probiotics, which some studies have shown can improve cognition!

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