Alzheimer's Disease FAQs (cont.)
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How can Alzheimer's disease be prevented?
There is no known way to prevent Alzheimer's disease; however, being watchful for its symptoms and signs may allow earlier diagnosis and treatment. Appropriate treatment can slow or relieve symptoms and behavior problems in some people.
Although some risk factors, such as age and genetics, can't be controlled, Alzheimer's disease may at least be delayed.
One way to reduce risk factors is to live a healthy lifestyle. Risk factors for Alzheimer's disease include heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Brain health is linked to heart health, and if the heart has a hard time pumping blood, the brain won't get all the blood it needs. Research has found that people with high cholesterol and high blood pressure were six times as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease as those without elevated blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. With a healthy diet, the risk of developing heart disease, high cholesterol levels, and high blood pressure is reduced, and both the heart and brain are healthier.
Keeping active - physically, mentally, and socially - may also help prevent Alzheimer's disease.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/4/2016
Norberto Alvarez, MD
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