Effective measures include exercising regularly, engaging in “brain games” (including crossword puzzles, Sudoku or computer-based games), eating a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, controlling high blood pressure and diabetes, and getting plenty of sleep.
A new study published in the journal Neurology in January 2020 concludes that increasing the intake of plant flavonols steeply reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s dementia (AD) by up to a half. In other words, AD could be prevented in many people simply by regularly eating and drinking more foods containing these compounds such as tea, oranges and broccoli.
The good folks over at Marketwatch give us a good overview of what we can do. Here is a part of what they say:
The research on cognitive health and disease has homed in on seven pillars for living a brain-healthy lifestyle, which may in combination, slash your risk for brain-degenerative diseases.
Just keep in mind, however, that even if you performed all these pillars perfectly, it doesn’t mean you won’t get Alzheimer’s disease. Other factors, such as genetics, additional medical conditions that affect the brain and accidents, can’t always be controlled.
For this to hit the market: There are two drugs that have been developed by Salk Institute researchers to successfully treat Alzheimer’s in mice—and now, they have found that the very same drug compounds can also slow the aging process in the brains of healthy older mice.
Researchers have now found that slower loss of cognitive skills in people with AD correlates with higher levels of a protein that helps immune cells clear plaque-like cellular debris from the brain . The efficiency of this clean-up process in the brain can be measured via fragments of the protein that shed into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This suggests that the protein, called TREM2, and the immune system as a whole, may be promising targets to help fight Alzheimer’s disease.
Recognizing and taking steps to address the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias can be extremely challenging — especially in the early stages. It’s easy and common to dismiss cognitive changes in oneself or a family member as “normal aging.”
A half hour of aerobic exercise four to five times a week may prevent or slow cognitive decline in older adults who are at a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Interim results of a clinical trial on an Alzheimer’s vaccine being tested on Down syndrome individuals are promising, say researchers at the Swiss clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company AC Immune. The company’s liposomal therapeutic anti-Abeta vaccine, dubbed ACI-24, is also being evaluated in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s patients in a Phase 2 study.
A new study is out, telling us that we need to live a healthy lifestyle and treat diabetes properly to avoid or delay Alzheimer’s. This is particularly true for people with a family history of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
In groundbreaking studies at the University of New Mexico, researchers have developed a vaccine that could prevent the formation of the tau tangles and potentially prevent the cognitive decline typically seen in Alzheimer’s patients.
As of now, a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease does not exist, but researchers at the University of New Mexico believe they have found a way to prevent it. “I really wanted to take this as a challenge to see if we could develop any sort of treatment,” says Kiran Bhaskar.
We now know early intervention could decrease the likelihood of more than one-third of dementia cases around the world. In fact, approximately 35% are attributed to nine modifiable risk factors, including high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes, hearing loss, smoking, depression, social interaction and lack of physical exercise. Therefore, monitoring which foods we eat, starting or continuing basic cardio and strength training programs, engaging the mind in the cognitive challenges and managing vascular risk factors all play demonstrable, critical roles in maintaining cognition before disease strikes.
In 2016, to the surprise of Alzheimer’s disease researchers across the world, a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that setting mice in front of a blinking light could clear out the characteristic protein plaques thought to be one of the roots of the disease. A recent follow up study found that sounds played at a particular frequency clearned plaques and improved cognition, as well.
Studies by National Journal of Physiology Pharmacy and Pharmacology and International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology have shown a positive association between virgin coconut oil consumption and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Several studies have shown positive improvements in cognition, cognitive performance, orientation and semantic memory in individuals after intervention with virgin coconut oil.
“We have reason to believe that not only can it reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s, but possibly prevent the effects from occurring in the beginning,” Dr Hatchuel said. “It has the potential to change the lives of 50 million people across the world, which is absolutely ground breaking.”