Can You Prevent Alzheimer’s? The Facts Revealed.

by Juliane Anders

There currently exists no proven treatment for Alzheimer’s; therefore, it makes sense to prevent this illness altogether with a proper treatment plan. Many controversial studies exist on the cutting edge of medical technology, but research is still ongoing and will continue for some time.

Proper diet, as well as mental exercise can help in the prevention of this disease. As well, making sure that one is not exposed to heavy metals can aid in this process.

If you don’t use it, then you lose it, as the old saying goes. The brain is very much like the muscles in that it will atrophy if it is not used. Regular intellectual endeavors such as playing chess or taking classes at the local college will improve the function of one’s brain, which will not only improve memory but potentially prevent Alzheimer’s disease altogether. Bilingualism, the ability to speak more than one language, will also have an effect in influencing a later onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

It has commonly been believed that exposure to certain heavy metals such as mercury and aluminum can cause Alzheimer’s disorder, but these views have been largely debunked by scientific studies. In large quantities, these elements are certainly harmful to biological life; however, no danger has been found in those exposed to normal quantities of these metals in relation to the development of Alzheimer’s.

What isn’t a myth is that working in a laboratory around dangerous solvents unprotected can cause brain damage and result in an early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Due to the safe working environments of laboratories, this is highly unusual nowadays.

Dieting options include the Mediterranean diet, which several studies have shown reduces the risk of obtaining the disease. This diet includes a typical Italian fare such as bread, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, and wine, which are rich in B and C vitamins.

Critical to a healthy lifestyle, the proper diet can improve function and mobility in old age and improve the quality of life that one experiences.

With so many different ways to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, it is important that one take the correct steps to avoid this illness. While Alzheimer’s is not fully understood, activities such as mental exercise, proper diet, and avoidance of heavy metal exposure can certainly help any individual, regardless of age or condition.

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