Dementia affects millions of people around the world, and the number of cases continues to rise. Alzheimer’s disease, specifically, affects a very large number of people living in the United States. Researchers are studying tirelessly to better understand dementia and ultimately find the cure. While the cure is still unknown, there are however certain things you can do to help reduce your risk of dementia.
Certain lifestyle changes that help reduce your risk of dementia include:
Get plenty of sleep. Studies show that sleep deprivation over time may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Eat a healthy diet. Eat plenty of leafy vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, and poultry, as these are considered “brain healthy” foods.
Stay active. Doing exercises regularly is a great way to stay healthy overall and reduce the risks of dementia.
Exercise the brain. Doing puzzles, board games, taking a class, and reading are great activities to keep your brain in shape.
Maintain good heart health. Studies have shown that heart health plays a key role in brain health. Many people who suffer from dementia typically also have heart issues such as heart disease.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol. Heavy drinking negatively influences brain function for many reasons; one reason being that it negatively affects the vascular system and increases blood pressure.
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