Nutrition News: Lowering Your Alzheimer's risk
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.