Although having a close family member with Dementia can increase your chances of getting the number one form of Alzheimer’s disease, according to many scientists, the way you live your life can also play a role in determining whether or not you get Dementia.
Research is actively being done daily to determine whether or not lifestyle changes such as watching what you eat and exercise can play a role in either stopping the disease in its tracks or at least slowing it down. Although this may be the case, there are things you can do to protect your memory and try to prevent Dementia.
Is There a Link Between Cardiovascular Health and Dementia?
If you have a healthy cardiovascular system, then you can at least slow down the process of memory decline from Dementia. What happens when you don’t have a healthy cardiovascular system, your blood vessels are not sending the proper oxygen and essential nutrients through your body. When this happens, your brain is not getting the oxygen and nutrients either because the blood vessels going to the mind end up blocked.
The good news is that there are things you can do to keep a healthy cardiovascular system, including:
Do not smoke cigarettes
Keep your cholesterol, sugar, and blood pressure levels within the normal range
Eat right by eating healthy daily
Reduce alcohol intake
Stay at your recommended healthy weight
Aerobic Exercise and its Benefits for Your Brain
Research and evidence have shown that regular aerobic exercise can benefit the brain by reducing your chances of Dementia. The reason for this is because partaking in regular aerobic exercise can increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain in the usual way.
The good thing about this type of exercise is that all you need to do is to go on a brisk walk, three times per week, up to one hour of walking time, every time you go for your walk. Walking has been proven to keep your blood pressure levels at a regular rate. Although there are other types of aerobic exercise, walking can be a fun, great way to spend alone time or spend time with friends and family while remaining healthy and reducing your risk of getting Dementia. It is also the most natural form for people who are on a busy schedule and don’t have time for any other type of exercise.
Diet to Fight Dementia
Scientists are continually researching different foods to prevent or slow down the process of Dementia. One diet they are always studying and finding beneficial to the brain is the Mediterranean Diet and have found that the foods in this diet are heart healthy as well. When following this particular diet to prevent or slow the process of Dementia, you should eat certain healthy foods and avoid certain less than healthy foods. You should follow the following diet:
Reduce your red meat consumption
Eat more green leafy vegetables, whole grains, and fruits
Consume fish and poultry a couple of times per week
Use herbs to flavor your food as opposed to using salt
Eat more nuts, olive oil, and more healthy fats instead of butter and other less healthy, saturated fats
Other things to do to keep your brain healthy is to stay socially active as well as remaining mentally active as often as possible.
Taking care of your health as well as your brain is essential to prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Even if you have this memory sucking illness in your family history, you can still use the above tips to prevent yourself from getting this disease. No one wants to end up with something as sad as this disease is so to make sure to follow the tips above for prevention. One thing that is good to know, however, is that scientists are coming closer and closer to a cure for the disease. They perform extensive research every day and are determined to have a treatment as soon as possible.
My Mother-n-Law had Dementia
A few years before my mother-n-law passed away, which was November 7, 2018, she was showing significant signs of Dementia, and it was so scary to watch her suffer from this terrifying brain disease. Before she went into the nursing home, she would often talk about how she had two sisters with the same name three people in her family had the same name as her husband, and my husband, which is her son. My husband has the same name as his dad, her late husband, who passed away in 2003 from Lung cancer and Prostate cancer. Since my stepson also has the same name, we think this is where she got this idea. However, she swore all the time that she had three sons with the same name as my husbands, who is her oldest son.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is a scary thing to watch. Especially if you are watching someone you love go through it.
I know they are trying to find a cure for it now, but it would have been nice if they would have found the cure many years ago, like more than 10 years ago, maybe her last few years of life would have been better for her since she would have remembered more people and more things from her past. She also wouldn’t have wandered around sometimes like she was lost.
While my husband and I were staying with her to take care of her for a while, he woke up one night and decided to check on her. It was a good thing he did because she was out in the apartment building hallway where she lived wandering around from neighbor-to-neighbor trying to find her apartment. She even walked into another person apartment, the people who lived there had it unlocked for some reason, and this was in the middle of the night. My husband hurried up and got to her and walked her out of there and walked her back to her apartment. Thank God he woke up when he did!
No one wants to go through what we watched my mother-n-law go through. Please take the advice of this article to prevent yourself from getting this terrible memory-stealing disease. Also, please watch your elderly loved ones and watch for any symptoms they may be having that could be a sign of Dementia or Alzheimers.