Blog #583 Avoiding Alzheimer’s – part II

Avoiding Alzheimer’s – Part 2

https://www.health.harvard.edu/alzheimers-and-dementia/what-can-you-do-to-avoid-alzheimers-disease

Yesterday we started a short series on Avoiding Alzheimer’s.  That post said “exercise” – 20 to 30 minutes of moderate to strenuous workouts three or four times a week.

The Harvard link has two more significant activities to avoid Alzheimer’s Disease.  

Diet: “Eat a Mediterranean diet. “This has been shown to help thwart Alzheimer’s or slow its progression. A recent study showed that even partial adherence to such a diet is better than nothing, which is relevant to people who may find it difficult to fully adhere to a new diet,” says Dr. Marshall. The diet includes fresh vegetables and fruits; whole grains; olive oil; nuts; legumes; fish; moderate amounts of poultry, eggs, and dairy; moderate amounts of red wine; and red meat only sparingly.”

Hmmm – cookies, French Fries, ice cream are NOT on the list.  (Now, if when it says “nuts”, that means Peanut Butter – then, I’m a true devotee to the Mediterranean Diet).  

Is there a relationship with Alzheimer’s and diabetes?  SURE!! “In fact, some researchers have begun to call Alzheimer’s disease “Studies show that approximately half of people with type 2 diabetes will go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease.”

Sleep: Get enough sleep. “Growing evidence suggests that improved sleep can help prevent Alzheimer’s and is linked to greater amyloid clearance from the brain,” says Dr. Marshall. Aim for seven to eight hours per night.

Our bodies need rest.  We need to clear our brains and our bodies – through sleep.  

So, we are to get exercise, good nutrition and sleep – that sounds reasonable!!

Other suggestions from the Harvard study suggest socialization.  Television is NOT being social. Get out of the house/apartment. Most communities have senior centers.  Go and play cards; play bingo; play dominoes; and talk to your friends. This keeps your brain busy and your social life busy!!!  

Play games.  I do the Flow and the Flow Hex games on my iPhone.  They are good logic and spatial games. Three days ago I hit the 700 mark for the Flow Hex games (with some missed days, that is over two years since I started).  I am now six years and seven days doing the daily Set puzzle – a simple logic game. I play my sister and others in Words with Friends (a Scrabble-like word game).  My brain gets challenged – which keeps it working.

So, get exercise – physical and mental; get good sleep, good nutrition, and good friends!!  While the researchers don’t know exactly what causes Alzheimer’s Disease, these factors seem to help!

What do you think?

Bruce

Posted by Bruce White

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