Experts agree that the majority of Alzheimer’s cases probably develops as a result of complex interactions among multiple factors such as:
- Coexisting medical conditions
Some preventable risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s are obesity, smoking, high blood pressure & cholesterol.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering newly learned information. However, as Alzheimer’s advances, it leads to increasingly severe symptoms such as:
- Mood and behavior changes
- Deepening confusion about events, time and place
- Unfounded suspicions about family, friends, and professional caregivers
- More serious memory loss and behavior changes
- Difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking
How Can I Prevent Alzheimer’s?
Focusing on exercise and your diet are two great ways to help prevent Alzheimer’s.
Regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise is recommended each week. Remember, any exercise is better than none!
Some evidence suggests that eating a healthy diet may support brain health. One diet that has been proven beneficial is the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. The DASH diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, fish, and poultry.