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alzheimersAlzheimer's disease is the most common type of loss of cognitive ability. How Alzheimer's disease is acquired depends on every individual but in most cases, this happens in the latter years of life. People who have this mistake it as part of growing old. Though a little portion of that is considered as one of the possible causes of the disease, age has nothing to do with Alzheimer's.

The link of Alzheimer's disease and old age must be because memory loss, an early sign of Alzheimer's, is often associated with old age. Patients with this cognitive disease not just have difficulty when it comes to remembering things. It also affects thinking ability that leads to confusion, aggression, and changes of moods. Other effects include difficulty in speaking and in extreme cases, loss of body functions. Organs eventually won't function well and leads to death. Alzheimer's disease is fast spreading, yet the cause of this is not completely defined. Not allowing Alzheimer's disease to happen is possible if early prevention is taken.

REGULAR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY – Exercise still tops the list of ways in preventing Alzheimer's disease. Exercise has proven itself as the best prevention for sickness and diseases. In this case, regular exercise decreases chances of having Alzheimer's disease in 30%-50%. When exercising, blood vessels sustain the brain by providing about 20%-25% of blood to the brain. Brain cells absorb the food and oxygen the blood carries. Regular physical activity allows this circulation to keep on going, thus, making the heart and the brain, as well as the whole body, healthy. Depending on age, exercise may range from a simple jog around the block or a much complex one like weight lifting. Whatever form of exercise is chosen, regularly engaging to it prevents Alzheimer's from happening.

REGULAR MENTAL ACTIVITY – Keeping oneself mentally active reduces chances of having Alzheimer's disease. Mental fitness is as important as physical fitness. Engaging in various mental activities is one way of exercising the brain. There are enjoyable and fun mental activities that will keep the brain form functioning well and with a good number of choices, there is definitely one that will suit your preference and lifestyle. Mental exercises include reading, researching, observing, analysing, and some forms of games and recreational activities like board games, crossword puzzle, jigsaw puzzle, Sudoku, and more. Trying out new activity like learning how to drive, cook, or sew is also a fun way of exercising the brain. Going to a place you have not seen before is a wonderful form of brain exercise.

REGULAR SOCIAL ACTIVITY – When people interact and socialize, a part of the brain that is not usually used becomes active. More so, the excitement felt when meeting a friend, joining a new organization, attending on parties, and organizing a get-together makes the heart "excited" as well, thus, creates a good flow of blood from the heart to the brain.

DIET – A good blood circulation to the brain and other parts of the body starts from the heart.   This is the reason why food rich in omega 3 is advised to be a part of one's daily diet. Needless to say, a healthy heart constitutes a healthy brain. Aside from the benefits the heart gets, omega 3 also prevents inflammation in the brain. Curcumin found in turmeric is also a good in Alzheimer's prevention. Challenge in curcumin, however, is its slow absorption of the body when taken as food and there is also a challenge in passing it from the blood to the brain. The solution, for the meantime, is injecting highly concentrated blood serum-solubilized curcumin. There are also beverages that aid in preventing of Alzheimer's. Red wine and purple grape juice, if taken in moderate servings, may prevent Alzheimer's because grape skin shield brain cells from the harm of beta amyloid and oxidative stress. Green tea, on the other hand, has antioxidant properties that act as a defence in damaging brain cells.

SUPPLEMENTS AND VITAMINS – There are vitamins that help in lowering the chance of getting Alzheimer's disease. Vitamins E, C, and B complex lower homocysteine, a toxic amino acid that is responsible in the increase risk of Alzheimer's disease. Folic acid is also known as a good brain vitamin. This vitamin also targets the homocysteine by reducing it whilst increasing the level of cognitive function. These supplements are readily available in the pharmacy and do not require a prescription.

LIFESTYLE – Aside from a change in diet, the lifestyle must be altered as well. Part of one's lifestyle might trigger the occurrence of Alzheimer's and that must be avoided early on. Smoking in mid-life doubles the risk of having Alzheimer's in later years. Too much consumption of alcohol has the same effect as well. Stress does not have a direct effect on the brain, but it has a direct effect on the heart. If the heart acquires a disease due to stress, there is a possibility of poor blood circulation to the brain. To prevent this, live a stress-free life. Lifestyle of patients of type 2 Diabetes must include strict compliance to their medication to avoid the occurrence of Alzheimer's. Insulin in type 2 diabetes slows down the conversion of blood sugar into energy and later may harm the brain that can contribute to acquiring Alzheimer's disease. Taking medication in the right doses and in the right schedule not only addresses type 2 diabetes, it also helps in preventing Alzheimer's. And again, regular exercise must be a part of the new healthy lifestyle.

These preventions will help curb Alzheimer's disease and promote overall health. When one unfortunately acquired it, family members and close relatives of the patient just have to accept it. Because there is no known cure yet for Alzheimer's disease, patients are given comfort and assistance by just treating and addressing its symptoms. Proper care and guidance must also be given, and people around patient with Alzheimer's disease must exert extra patience and understanding because of the weight of the burden the disease may cause.

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