Alzheimer’s disease claims the lives of more than 110,000 people every year. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Alzheimer’s is sixth in the top ten causes of death. It’s also the only leading cause of death that cannot currently be prevented, cured, or even slowed. One out of every American over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s, and it affects tens of millions of people worldwide.
Early diagnosis is important, but there is also a lot of research being done into preventative measures. No medications to date have been able to stop the progression of this disease. However, there are countless trials and scientific studies that are ongoing. No one can guarantee anything when it comes to Alzheimer’s prevention. However, there are things you can do to try to preserve your mental health regardless. Here are some suggestions.
20. Exercise Your Brain to Stave Off Alzheimer’s
There have been numerous studies that show there’s a connection between brain activity and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Activities that stimulate your brain can have a significantly positive effect on potentially staving off the onset of the disease.
Simple activities like sudoku, doing crosswords, and playing puzzle games can have a lasting effect on your brain. Strenuous mental activities are also beneficial. Learning another language could even delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by up to four years.
19. Exercise Everything Else
It’s not just your brain that needs exercise though. Not only is aerobic exercise important, there are plenty of other things you can do to grow new brain cells. In addition to keeping your brain active and following the other suggestions in this list, running or walking can make a difference. One study showed that logging 15 miles or more per week could reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 40%.