What if studies found out that one can prevent their risk of developing Alzheimer’s by controlling certain factors in their life? A study published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry is highlighting how lifestyle changes may positively affect the increasing number of Alzheimer’s cases. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s yet, this study shines a hopeful light on what can be a deteriorating and terrifying disease.
The study found that the following nine factors were linked to two-thirds of Alzheimer’s cases in the Asian population. The researchers compiled and pulled information from over 300 studies:
- High blood pressure
- Low educational attainment
- Smoking Habits
- Carotid Artery Stenosis
- High levels of Homocysteine
- Type 2 Diabetes
They also found other factors that lowered the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, including hormones, vitamins and drugs meant to reduce high blood pressure. The direct cause of Alzheimer’s is still not fully understood, and researchers found that these risk factors have an association, rather than a direct cause and effect, between any factor. However, catching any of these risk factors early may help you decrease your chances of developing the disease. According to the World Health Organization, Alzheimer’s is accountable for 60-70% of all dementia cases.
Other studies have also shown the positive effects of controllable factors. These include the foods we eat, otherwise known as superfoods. These particular foods are packed with vitamins and minerals that support brain health. Foods high in fatty acids, antioxidants and other nutrients are recommended to those dealing with Alzheimer’s. Other lifestyle changes include increasing aerobic exercises into your daily routine. Studies have found that this increase in physical activity can actually improve the quality of life of those who are already in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
Although there is no cure for this terrifying disease, having studies that support positive effects of controllable factors can be extremely hopeful to the future of finding a cure.