How Can You Prevent Dementia From Progressing?
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In recent years, researchers have discovered that by identifing and controlling certain personal risk factors, you can reduce your chances of developing dementia. There are no guarantees, of course, but doctors and medical scientists now believe the following steps may slow down, or even reverse, the progress of dementia.
These six key strategies can help keep your brain healthy as you age and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.
This can lower your chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease by up to 50 percent. It can also slow further brain deterioration in those who have already started to develop it. Exercise stimulates the brain’s ability to maintain old connections as well as make new ones.
Balance and coordination exercises also improve everyday life by helping you stay agile and avoid falls. Yoga, Tai Chi, or dance classes improve your balancee skills.
Social engagement and networking
There’s now evidence that staying socially engaged may even protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Make developing and maintaining a strong network of friends a priority.
Your brain needs exercise just like your muscles. People who constantly learn new things and challengetheir brains are less likely to develop dementia.
Study a foreign language, practice a musical instrument, learn to paint or sew, or read the newspaper or a good book. The greater the novelty, complexity, and challenge, the greater the benefit.
Eat healthy food, avoid unhealthy food
There’s a growing body of research suggesting a strong link between poor diet and cognitive challenges.
Lower your sugar consumption. Sugary foods and refined carbs such as white flour, white rice, and pasta spike your blood sugar, which triggers inflammation in your brain.
Eat plenty of vegetables, beans, whole grains, fish and olive oil, and definitely and limit your intake of processed food.
Get enough sleep
Alzheimer’s payients often suffer from insomnia and other sleep problems. But new research suggests that poor sleep habits aren’t just a just a symptom of Alzheimer’s, but may be a cause.
Manage your stress and anxiety
Chronic or persistent emotional stress can actually have a detrimental physical effet on your brain. Long-standing anxiety leads to shrinkage in a key memory area, reducing nerve cell growth, and increasing the risk of dementia.
Generally speaking, what’s good for the body is also good for the brain, and what’s bad for the body is bad for your brain.
If you smoke, stop. Smoking is one of the most preventable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Take steps to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Both high blood pressure and high total cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of dementia.
Control your weight. Extra pounds are a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
Drink alcohol only in moderation. While there appear to be brain benefits in consuming a limited amount of red wine, heavy alcohol consumption dramatically accelerates brain aging.
The purpose of this video has been to provide quick, basic answers to the question, “How can you prevent dementia from progressing?”
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