Everyone seems to know someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. The memory loss and associated frustration of being unable to enjoy what they once did, hurts. It hurts the loved ones around the Alzheimer patient probably more than the patient themselves.
Since we know that Alzheimer's disease is a breakdown in the brain that may have started when we were much younger, we have to look at what we do in our earlier years, that will have a potentially damaging effect on our brain. What affects our brain is our circulatory system and lifestyle choices need to be examined? Here are some choices to make that may have a positive affect on our circulatory system, and put off the onset of this disturbing disease.
Things You Will Need
Eat heart healthy foods that can minimize the arteries from becoming clogged and then preventing poor circulation from developing. Eat foods such as: fruits and vegetables, fish or poultry rather than read meat, whole grain breads and cereals, beans, nuts, use olive oil more than saturated fat
Start exercising even if it is only a brisk walk each day. This will improve your ability to maintain a healthy weight which will lessen the risk of high blood sugar and diabetes. Too many people are obese and obesity has been found to increase the risk of diabetes, which could increase the likelihood of Alzheimer's Disease.
Start taking dietary supplements like folic acid, ginkgo biloba and even Vitamin E. There are differing opinions, but folic acid has been shown to reduced the level of chemical amino acid homocysteine because reducing that can lessen the change of heart disease and heart disease problems impact circulation of blood to the brain. The better my circulation, the better the blood flow to the brain and the better my brain function can be.
Stay mentally activeâ€¦..exercising your brain is as important as exercising your body. Have you ever seen how sharp someone is when they still go to work, but when they retire and don't have challenges to face on a daily basis they flounder and often develop health issues they did not have before. So keep mentally active with crossword puzzles or volunteer at a community center to read to others with physical disabilities.
Although research has not found a lifestyle or treatment regimen that can prevent Alzheimer's Disease there is reason to believe that certain choices we make can have a positive impact in delaying getting the disease if at all possible.