Healthy Living May Slow Dementia

running on treadmillContributed by: Vijaya Reddy, MD 

A preliminary report from Sweden shows that eating healthy, engaging in challenging brain and social activities, and being physically active and heart healthy may slow dementia among people at risk for Alzheimer’s. The findings were recently presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. People with Alzheimer’s experience memory loss that worsens over time. It leads to problems with decision making and an inability to perform daily tasks. Eventually, the complications from Alzheimer’s dementia lead to death. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and an estimated 35.6 million people have dementia worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Another study presented at the conference suggested that controlling certain risk factors, such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes, may reduce the worldwide prevalence of Alzheimer’s by almost a third.

While living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t guarantee the prevention of Alzheimer’s dementia, overall health seems to be tied to dementia risk and other chronic health conditions.

At UC Health Women’s Center, our Geriatric Medicine program treats patients with memory issues and Alzheimer dementias. If you are concerned about your memory or are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s dementia, we can provide an in-depth, comprehensive assessment and work with you to develop a healthy living plan of action. Call us for more information at (513) 475-UC4U.

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