Things You Can Do Now To Prevent Dementia

March 26, 2018  |  
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The number of deaths caused by Alzheimer’s dementia rose by 123 percent between the years 2000 and 2015. That’s a rather devastating figure. Nearly two-thirds of individuals with the condition are female. There’s another scary fact for this particular readership. And while we often associate dementia with the elderly, around 200,000 people under the age of 65 suffer from the disease. Just because you don’t encounter people with the condition on a daily basis, doesn’t mean it isn’t extremely prevalent and extremely life-threatening, not to mention something that greatly reduces quality of life. While doctors may talk to you about taking steps to preventing heart disease and diabetes, they should be including steps on preventing this debilitating condition, too. Here are things you can do early in life to reduce your risk of dementia later in life.

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Have some wine

Several studies have found that moderate (moderate being the key word) alcohol consumption can actually slow down cognitive decline. Having just one glass of wine a night could greatly decrease the chances of dementia. But getting in the three to five drinks a night range can increase one’s chances.

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Stay active

Remaining active is important for maintaining the volume of your hippocampus. A shrinking hippocampus has been linked to dementia and memory loss.

 

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Specifically, jog

If you can clock 15 miles of running each week, you could significantly decrease your chances of developing Alzheimer’s dementia. Running boosts the neurotransmission of important enzymes in the brain.

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Protect your ears

Hearing loss that is significant enough to interfere with regular conversations can greatly increase one’s risk of cognitive decline. Protect your ears now. Limit exposure to loud sounds, don’t deep sea dive, and take what precautions you can to take care of those ears.

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Give back

Volunteering, especially for elderly individuals, has been shown to slow cognitive decline. It combines social, physical, and cognitive work, all of which are important for a healthy brain.

 

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Find your zen

Doing regular yoga and meditation creates protective tissues in the brain. Make time for one of these relaxing practices a few times a week to protect your cognition.

 

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Get enough vitamin K

Research has found a link between low vitamin K intake and those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Keep in mind that many multivitamins don’t contain vitamin K, so it’s important to take a supplement specifically for it.

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And omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids help build cell membranes. Get them in flax seeds, salmon, sardines, walnuts, eggs, and chia seeds.

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Be social

Remaining social has proven to be very important in the fight against dementia. Those who suffer from the disease often report feeling very lonely. Don’t let your friendships fall to the wayside as life becomes busy—you need them more than you realized.

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Get into gardening

Gardening keeps your body and brain active, and encourages healthy eating. All of these factors can contribute to reducing one’s chances of dementia.

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Address depression

Keeping depression at bay, especially if you are 55 or older, is very important when it comes to fighting dementia. Of course, at any age, it’s important to seek help if depression is consuming you.

 

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Snack on strawberries

A compound found in strawberries called fisetin might reduce one’s chances of memory loss. Grapes, onions, cucumbers, apples, and persimmons also contain this compound.

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Go to standup shows

Laughing develops new brain cells! It can also, naturally, keep you social and keep your mind active. So attend standup shows regularly.

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Become bilingual

Research has found that learning a second language can reduce one’s chances of dementia. It can also help you communicate with more people, and help keep you social.

 

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Juice

It may be time to invest in a good blender because juicing has been found to reduce one’s chances of Alzheimer’s. Just stick to making your own at home rather than buying the sugary stuff at the store.

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