At this time, no proven way exists for preventing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) since the exact cause is unknown. The same holds true for reducing the chance of getting AD since the exact risk factors have not been determined. However, while some related conditions are simply unavoidable – aging for example –neuroscientists believe some lifestyle choices can be beneficial.
Lifestyle choices that may help in preventing Alzheimer’s disease include:
- keep a diet low in fat
- eat salmon and other cold-water fish rich in Omega-3 but with low mercury several times each week
- cut intake of linoleic acid in dairy products
- eat dark green, leafy vegetables and fruits to increase antioxidants
- maintain a healthy blood pressure
- use lifelong learning to stay mentally active
Some over-the-counter medications and statin drugs, used to control cholesterol, may help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, but come with side effects. People considering taking drugs or supplements in an effort to prevent AD should first consult with the doctor about the benefits and risks.