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A healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer's
Many people are afraid of developing Alzheimer's later. Since the neurodegenerative disease is still not curable, the question is often asked how best to protect yourself. For this purpose, the non-profit Alzheimer Research Initiative e.V. (AFI) has now published the brochure "Preventing Alzheimer's". In this, experts show which five measures can promote healthy aging.
Most common form of dementia
Alzheimer's is a progressive brain disorder, the exact cause of which is still unknown. Typical symptoms include memory loss, confusion and disorientation. In addition, there are changes in the nature, limited judgment, orientation and language disorders. Alzheimer's is the most common form of irreversible dementia, which, according to the Alzheimer Research Initiative (AFI), currently affects an estimated 1.2 million people in Germany.
So far, illness has not been curable
The disease has not yet been curable. Accordingly, many people ask themselves how they can prevent Alzheimer's. While it is already known what is good for the heart, there is a growing awareness today that the brain can also be influenced positively, reports the AFI in a current report. There is no “magic formula” - but the initiative presents five recommendations for healthy aging in the brochure “Preventing Alzheimer's: Living Healthy - Aging Healthy”. The brochure was developed in collaboration with Alzheimer's experts such as Tim Fleiner created by the German Sport University Cologne and can be requested free of charge from the AFI.
1st movement: Make sure you have enough physical activity. Because what has a positive effect on heart health is also good for the brain. Therefore, exercise regularly - 150 minutes per week would be ideal, according to the expert advice. It is not necessary to achieve top performance, instead it is important that you stay active with fun. Going for a walk, swimming or cycling to work - there are many options.
2. Mental fitness: Keep your brain fit by staying curious and open and learning new things as you get older. Whether it's a language, a musical instrument or PC applications: trying out and learning new things promotes mental reserve and can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's in old age.
3. Nutrition: A healthy, balanced diet is a central part of a healthy lifestyle. The AFI experts recommend that you orientate yourself to classic Mediterranean cuisine, because this provides the brain with important nutrients and strengthens its willingness to defend itself. So eat lots of fruits and vegetables, olive oil, nuts and prefer fish over meat. Drinking enough is also important. Diets and one-sided nutritional concepts should be avoided.
4. Social contacts: Being together with others keeps the brain fit: According to AFI experts, those who are involved in a lot of social exchange have a significantly lower risk of Alzheimer's than someone who is much alone. So keep in touch with the family, cultivate your circle of friends and acquaintances or become active in an association.
5. Medical preventive care and other risk factors: Take good care of yourself and keep an eye on your health through regular doctor visits. Pay particular attention to symptoms of heart and vascular diseases such as High blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. If you quit smoking and drink alcohol in moderation, you can positively influence other important risk factors. (No)