Seven Reasons Why You Might Get Alzheimer's

Seven Reasons Why You Might Get Alzheimer's

Cebu : Philippines | Sep 11, 2012 at 11:14 PM PDT
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Skooter reporting 09/12/12

Prevention, avoidance, deterrence whatever you call it, is the name of the game for so many health conditions. And right at the summit is the dreaded Alzheimer's disease. A remarkable piece of health news has revealed seven common risk factors for the most common form of dementia. Half of all Alzheimer’s cases in the world are tracked down to these seven factors, according to researchers. Many of them have natural health tips we should zealously bear in mind.

The study has a significant goal to make. We could slow down the development rates of dementia by dealing with the matters that play a role to cognitive impairment. Every year, six million people in the world acquire Alzheimer's disease. Perchance that number can start to decline.

The study used a representation to arrive at a ballpark figure of the effect of these seven factors around the world. They imply that the 17 million current cases of dementia could have been avoided. They found that reducing these seven risk factors by about 10% would result to 1.1 million fewer cases of Alzheimer's per year. So below are the seven factors to think about, (compliments from Dr. Victor Marchione).

1. Low education: School is important, as your brain builds and is stimulated, and neural networks are created. As time goes on, it is not so important, though, what your level of education is. It is how much you exercise your mind. Stimulating your brain by reading, doing puzzles, watching complicated TV shows, learning a musical instrument, and a myriad of other possibilities, will help protect your mind from dementia.

2. Smoking: What negative influences doesn't this have on the body? Here, it weakens blood vessels, which curtails blood flow to the brain. Researchers say that 14% of all Alzheimer's cases are linked to cigarettes.

3. Physical inactivity: Exercise is the name of the game for health. Studies continually show that the more exercise you get, the better your cognitive ability, and the lower your risk of dementia. In the study, 12.7% of cases were linked to inactivity.

4. Depression: This is one issue you can't necessarily escape if you have it. Those who suffer depression have a much higher risk of developing Alzheimer's. In the new study, about 10.6% of cases are traced to depression.

5. High blood pressure: Here, though, is a health problem you can profoundly influence by your own choices. Eat right, get exercise and limit stress and your blood pressure will be manageable. Still, it remains one of the biggest health concerns in America. In the study, 5.1% of cases are linked to high blood pressure.

6. Diabetes: A scourge in society, type 2 diabetes greatly raises one's risk of Alzheimer's disease. Around the world, about seven percent of adults are diabetic. Keeping one's weight in check is the biggest way to prevent diabetes, which may be responsible for 2.4% of Alzheimer's cases.

7. Obesity: And here's another condition linked to so many health problems. We don't need to dip into an explanation here, as a slew of factors are at play that translate into anything from a bulging belly into an impaired mind. Think of the body as one system. Health everything is dependant on the state of health in other parts of the body.

skooter is based in Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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