“There are 21 known ways to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and 10 of those are backed by strong scientific evidence, new research has revealed.
The preventative steps with the most impact are mentally stimulating activities, including reading and chess; avoiding stress, depression and head trauma; and avoiding diabetes, high blood pressure and weight gain in midlife and beyond, according to a meta-analysis released Monday.
Regular physical exercise, quality sleep, no smoking, maintaining good heart health in later life and including vitamin C in the diet are among the nine preventative actions with slightly weaker but still supportive evidence.
“If risk factors can be modified, the evidence suggests that at least one out of every three cases of Alzheimer’s may be preventable, ” said neurologist Dr. Richard Isaacson, director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine.
“People can take different roads to Alzheimer’s disease,” said Isaacson, who was not involved in the study. “This paper helps to provide an evidence-based framework for doctors and patients to consider when managing a person’s Alzheimer’s risk.”
The study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.”
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