Are you at risk of Alzheimers? January 13, 2015
Are you one of the millions of people who are high risk of developing Alzheimer’s? You may be if other members of your family have Alzheimer’s, or if you have a family history of the disease. Other risk factors include heredity and your age. As you age, your risk of developing Alzheimer’s doubles after 64 years (young) and doubles again every five years after that. Even if you are pretty healthy for your age just the process of aging is enough to put you at risk. And then there are other risk factors like Traumatic Brain Injury or heart disease.
Some of the things that put you at risk for getting Alzheimer’s, like hereditary factors, you can’t do anything about. But you can lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s by doing these things:
1. Take Care of Your Heart
Studies show a pretty strong correlation between heart health and brain health. The blood pumped from the heart to the brain is the nutrient rich food that fuels your brain. So it makes sense that if your heart is healthy your brain will be healthy too. As you get older your risk of heart disease increases, especially if you are female or not white. So one of the best things that you can do to protect your brain is to protect your heat. Start eating a heart-healthy low fat diet rich in protein and low in carbs. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day and work on reducing your stress levels.
2. Protect Your Head
Traumatic Brain Injury greatly increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Car accidents are one of leading causes of TBI but they are not the only cause. A TBI can come from a fall, a blow, or even just tripping over a stair in your home and landing on your head. While you can’t live your life without taking some risks you can lower the risk of a TBI by playing it safe. Always wear a seatbelt when you are driving. Wear a helmet when you ride your bike or rollerblade. Make sure your car has airbags and other safety features. If you do have a TBI or if you have had one in the past follow the doctor’s recommendations for treating it. It may take time but if you get a lot of rest and allow your body to heal you can heal from a TBI without too much permanent damage.
3. Make Your Brain Stronger
If you exercise your brain now it may be strong enough to fight the ravages of Alzheimer’s or dementia later on. Take fish oil supplements and eat a lot of protein, which helps your brain stay healthy. Work out your brain by playing games, doing puzzles, and strengthening your reasoning ability. There are plenty of games that will give your brain a real workout. Pick your favorite and do it frequently. Taking action now could stop the development of Alzheimer’s later on.
For more information on how Clevercare can assist you or loved ones at risk for Alzheimers please contact us directly and we’ll be happy to help!0