As we age, it’s natural to be concerned about our changing bodies and minds as well as how these changes will affect our livelihood.
One growing concern for many is the potential for developing Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Nearly 6 million Americans over 65 years old are living with Alzheimer’s, and researchers predict the numbers will continue to increase.
While many studies have been conducted, and are ongoing, scientists have not yet proven any one treatment to cure or prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia. However, renowned scientists and researchers worldwide do agree on a few promising strategies that can significantly reduce your risk.
Today, we want to shed some light on preventative measures that can help reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
1. Protect Your Heart
What’s good for your heart is good for your brain. Maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system is critical for maintaining a healthy brain.
Risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer’s have been linked to poor heart health; so, practicing a generally healthy lifestyle like the following are all important.
- Avoiding smoking
- Regularly exercising
- Keeping cholesterol and blood pressure at healthy levels
- Eating a well-rounded diet
2. Working on Balance
If you’re already trying to be active every day, it’s essential also to throw in some balance and coordination exercises.
Practicing yoga, dance, or playing certain sports twice a week are great steps to maintaining balance.
3. Watch Your Hormones
When it comes to keeping balance in your life, we do mean in more ways than just with sports and exercise. It’s been proven imbalanced hormones can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Ensure your hormones are functioning correctly by getting checked. One of our experienced practitioners can help put your mind at ease and get you on the path to balanced hormones.
4. Challenge Your Mind
Depending on your age you may be retired, and while you deserve a break and relaxation, you don’t want to become idle.
Look for opportunities to continue learning like:
- Taking up a new hobby
- Joining a community class
- Downloading apps to learn a new language
Additionally, maintaining a healthy social life can also be the kind of stimulation your mind needs to keep working right.
5. Speed Training
A few years ago, we wrote about a breakthrough study that highlighted the benefits of speed training, like memory exercises and brain training, had positive effects. You can read our summary of the study and get all the main points here.
EVEXIAS Can Help You!
Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease and can make some people desperate to find a solution. However, leading a healthy life and putting your wellness first are two great steps to lowering your risk.
Schedule a consultation with EVEXIAS Medical Center today to learn more about your hormone health as well as right-setting your path to wellness. We’re here to help!