Preventing Alzheimer's Disease

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Despite the number of lives Alzheimer’s disease has affected, it cannot be cured. An estimated five million Americans are affected by this disease (“Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet”); treatment trials are being conducted in addition to extensive research to learn more about lifestyle choices to support brain health. As a result, researchers are beginning to find ways to prevent this disease. Lifestyle choices including physical activity, social engagement, obtaining a healthy diet, and receiving a good night’s sleep may help counteract Alzheimer’s disease and support brain health. Although an innumerable amount of people across the United States are affected by Alzheimer's disease, it can be prevented.
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia
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Fruits and vegetables are an important aspect of having a healthy diet. Ingesting nutrients along the color spectrum is also important as it boosts defensive antioxidants and vitamins. Free radicals are harmful compounds, but with the help of antioxidants, can be extracted from the body. Harm produced by free radicals may disturb typical cell activity in the brain, causing termination of nerve cells. Eating a healthy diet provides many other health benefits as well. The Mediterranean diet is a healthy diet, which is consumed of vegetables, whole grains, fish, and fruits. Having a diet with an abundance amount of fruits and vegetables prevents the free radicals from forming. Healthy diets dramatically reduce the chances of acquiring Alzheimer’s disease and intellectual deterioration. Probiotics such as yogurt, a yogurt drink or a probiotic pill with live bacteria can also…show more content…
Scientists found that individuals who kept their brains lively had decreased levels of this protein. Older people with the highest level of brain activity had protein levels equal to those of young people. Those with the lowest levels of brain activity had levels equivalent with Alzheimer’s patients. “Individuals with high cognitive engagement may prevent or slow the deposition of the protein fragments, which influences the progression of Alzheimer’s” (qtd. in Hope). Those who were cognitively active were two times less likely to develop this disease than those who got minimal mental stimulation. Mental stimulation includes games and puzzles such as sudoku which may improve the brain’s ability to remember and retrieve information. Researchers claim that keeping the brain active with reading, writing and crosswords could also help prevent this disease. All learning is based on what is already known, or an association to what is already known. When learning something new, synapses are made which are connections between nerve cells in the brain. Due to this, new synapses are not just being made, but the ones that are already there are being strengthened. Staying busy and socializing with friends and loved ones keep memory sharp by helping maintain the brain’s health and boosting its memory. Mental
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