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?
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.