Three Lifestyle Changes Can Delay Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

Three Lifestyle Changes Can Delay Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

Medical experts have limited knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia but a new research has indicated three lifestyle changes that can delay the onset of dementia. As there isn’t any treatment for the cognitive decline yet, researchers are also working on finding the reasons behind cognitive decline during old age. The new research has suggested that regular exercise, control over blood pressure and regular engagement of brain in some positive activity can delay onset of cognitive decline. The research team from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine has reported better health among individuals who regularly engaged in positive activities.

The research team noted that after undergoing a program of highly targeted brain-training, individuals managed to delay cognitive decline by 10 years in 50 percent of the cases. The study team also suggests that sedentary lifestyle could increase the risk of cognitive decline among people during old age. It is worth mentioning here that our knowledge about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is still limited.

Cognitive training includes structured programs that can improve reasoning power among individuals and help them in problem solving. These programs also help improve memory. The research team noticed that over a long period, cognitive training programs can help improve cognitive function and delay onset of dementia.

High blood pressure leads to many other ailments. Control of blood pressure to optimum level is important. The research team added that control over high blood pressure through medication, diet and exercise -- especially in midlife -- might prevent or delay Alzheimer's disease.

Age related mental decline can be delayed with regular physical exercise. Exercise is also considered as a stress buster.

Commenting on results of the study, Alan Leshner, CEO emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science said, "At least two of those, we know, are good for a whole lot of other things that people do or that they could suffer from. That's controlling your blood pressure if you have hypertension and engaging in physical exercise."

Mr. Leshner led the committee at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine which filed the report.

"It's high time that people are given information about things they can do today to reduce their risk of cognitive decline and possibly dementia," said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach at the Alzheimer's Association.

Even without scientific backup for these lifestyle improvements, Leshner said they're worthwhile in their own right to improve other aspects of your health, such as preventing heart disease and strokes and improving the quality of your life.