Alzheimer’s is a disease that is characterized in the brain by the evidence of tangled fibers and protein clumps. Alzheimer’s disease appears to generally affect people who are older. For a long time Alzheimer’s was lumped together with other more common forms of dementia or senility.
The most common form that most of us are familiar with effects people over the age of 65. If you see the initials, SDAT, it is referring to this form of the disease. SDAT is an abbreviation for Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type.
Following the discovery of Alzheimer’s by Dr. Alois Alzheimer came the subsequent realization that there was no immediate cure. The next question was whether or not it was possible to prevent the disease from starting in the first place. To where we are now with modern medicine giving us tips that may improve brain health.
These recommendations are often said to prevent Alzheimer’s as fact, but may only improve general brain function. There is no proof that any preventative measure or routine has ever prevented the onset of Alzheimer’s.
To determine whether or not it was preventable they felt it needed to be determined how high the risk factor was when genetics played a role. To date, the best information has come from the study of identical twins with the same genes but who have lived life in different fashions. The results demonstrated that while one twin may develop Alzheimer’s disease the other twin didn’t necessarily get it.
In other cases, while both twins got Alzheimer’s it was not to the same degree. This showed that other factors played a role besides a genetic influence. This opened the possibility that there may be factors that could be addressed that would lower the risk of getting the disease.
One connection that is noted is the link between those that have suffered a severe head trauma and the existence of Alzheimer’s. It is a disease that attacks the nerve cells in the brain. Any severe head injury might open up the brain to this vulnerability. As a practical measure it is recommended to protect the brain. Safety measures such as wearing a helmet when bicycling, skate-boarding or while doing any high risk activity.
Another way they say to prevent Alzheimer’s disease is to keep the brain stimulated. By challenging ourselves to learn new things. Perhaps playing a musical instrument. Learning a new language or activity. Doing crossword puzzles or playing numerical games. Just reading and researching new subjects. These activities encourage the growth of neural pathways and thus work at keeping our brain growing and healthy.
Stimulation can also come from staying socially active. Interacting with others in an enjoyable environment. Besides encouraging good mental health this can help to promote good emotional health. Activities that reduce stress should be included. This is important in fighting any disease.
Given the nature of this particular disease the best preventative measures may involve living an active and healthy life. Good health will help both the person with Alzheimer’s and the caregivers. The best we can do now is make good choices in what we eat and keeping our body physically active. It may take some learning and for many of us it means changes in lifestyle.
Exercise to increase your strength and endurance and blood flow. Eat only whole foods. Meaning preparing food the old way. The better way. Buy fresh food and prepare your food from scratch i.e. no commercially made frozen meals. Use organic food whenever you can. Avoid everything with added chemicals. This will keep our body’s healing mechanism at it’s optimum and go a long way in preventing other health issues.
Alzheimer’s disease is hard to handle on it’s own. This goes for any form of dementia and senility. Adding any other health issues will make it much harder on the person with Alzheimer’s and the caregiver. Eliminate and or manage any pre existing conditions before things get difficult because other health problems will develop during the course of this disease.