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Nutrition News: Lowering Your Alzheimer's risk

Charlyn Fargo on

My uncle and my father-in-law both suffered from Alzheimer's. It's a terrible disease. So, is there a way to lower Alzheimer's risk?

A new study finds we can with some lifestyle changes.

The study, published recently in the journal Neurology, found that healthy lifestyle choices were associated with a lowered risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The study analyzed two observational studies of over 2,700 participants who were followed for six years. Participants got a score of zero to five based on:

No. 1: Not smoking.

No. 2: Engaging in 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

No. 3: Keeping alcohol consumption light to moderate (one drink a day for women, two for men).

 

No. 4: Engagement in cognitive activities.

No. 5: Consuming a high-quality diet -- half your plate fruits and vegetables, one-fourth whole grains, one-fourth lean protein and lean dairy on the side.

Just doing two or three of the healthy lifestyle factors was associated with a 37% lower risk of Alzheimer's. Those who did four or five of the lifestyle factors had a 60% lower risk.

The bottom line is our lifestyle choices make a difference in our later years. Try committing to making two or three of the lifestyle changes.

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