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Published on April 18, 2016

Slowing Down Alzheimer’s Disease

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Adult man hikingIf you are a regular reader of this blog, you have seen many articles featuring ways to eat right, keep active and protect your physical health. While keeping your body healthy is obviously important, you want to keep your mind sharp too. In fact, you might wonder if there is anything you can do to prevent illnesses that happen more often with age, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease has no known cure at this time, but research suggests that it can possibly be delayed, slowed down and maybe even prevented. Nothing is guaranteed, however. You may “do everything right” and still develop the disease. Conversely, there are people who “do everything wrong” and never develop it.

“It’s not surprising that most of the same behaviors that make your body healthy also keep your mind in great shape,” said Janet Staples-Edwards MD, an internal medicine doctor at PIH Health. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), here are some things that may play a part in slowing down Alzheimer’s disease:

  • exercise regularly
  • eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • engage in social and intellectually stimulating activities
  • control type 2 diabetes
  • lower high blood pressure levels
  • lower high cholesterol levels
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • stop smoking
  • get treatment for depression

Because Alzheimer’s disease is so distressing, caregivers and patients may be tempted by untried, unproven and unscientific treatments. Before you try anything like that, check with your doctor. These therapies might interfere with other medical treatments that he or she has prescribed.

If you are taking care of a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, you should know that PIH Health has a class called “Savvy Caregivers Express.” It’s a three class series where caregivers can explore the skills and knowledge needed to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Call 562.698.0811 Ext. 81085 for information.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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