Because the causes are unknown, there are currently no guidelines for reducing your risk of
Scientists are studying medicines and lifestyle factors that may help ward off the condition. Diet, mental activity, and exercise may play a role in brain health. For example:
- Regular exercise and social engagement may decrease the risk of developing dementia.
There is some evidence that the
may help lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease, as well. This diet includes foods like
fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, seeds, olive oil, and fish.
- Drinking alcohol may be beneficial, But it is drinking in moderation, one drink per day for women, two drinks per day for men.
high blood pressure,
high cholesterol, and diabetes may help to reduce your risk. In addition, some researchers have argued that long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can lower the risk.
Hormone replacement therapy
(HRT) has been studied in Alzheimer's prevention but research is unclear, in fact some studies have shown an increased risk of Alzheimer's with HRT. As our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease grows, your doctor may have more information regarding steps for reducing your risk as you age.
Studies are ongoing to allow us to better understand the risk factors for Alzhemier’s disease.
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Last reviewed September 2013 by Rimas Lukas, MD
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