St. Vincent's Dr. Erica Bruen Discusses Dementia

Click here or the image below to view Dr. Erica's TV segment on Q2 News' Montana this Morning: 

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Another study came out recently that further reinforces the importance of healthy lifestyle in decreasing risk of dementia. This study was unique because it measured the benefit of a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle in individuals at different genetic risks of dementia.   

The study concluded that, even with increased genetic risk or family history of dementia, a person can still substantially decrease their risk of developing dementia by engaging in healthy lifestyle practices.

What can you do?

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: 

No Smoking - smoking damages the heart and brain- smoking can double your risk of dementia.

- National Helpline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Limit Alcohol to <7 drinks per week

- National Drug Helpline: 1-844-289-0879 or drughelpline.org, AA, Rimrock, Medical professiona:

Exercise - moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for >150 minutes per week

- Local gym, trainers, medical professional, medically supervised exercise program, home videos, invest in good shoes and exercise apparel. 

Healthy Diet - Mediterranean diet, DASH diet, MIND diet

- Favoring vegetables, berries, nuts, whole grains, olive oil, fish, beans, poultry, 1 wine/day, while limiting your consumption of butter and margarine, cheese, red meat, fried food, pastries and sweets because they contain large amounts of saturated fat and trans fat

Brain Games
 - Be socially active, card games, logic puzzles, math problems, smart phone apps and computer websites designed for brain training like Lumosity, Elevate, etc.

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