Keeping Your Mind Sharp

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There is no proven way to prevent Alzheimer's disease. Scientists are working on ways to prevent dementia. So far, research has shown:

  • Exercise might help keep the brain healthy
  • A healthy heart and blood vessels may be closely related to brain health.
  • Managing high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and maintaining a healthy weight may help prevent or delay a decline in mental abilities.

Scientists are starting to explore other ways to prevent Alzheimer's, including the following:

  • Eat a low-fat diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • Your brain may need mental exercise too. Learning a new language and doing a crossword puzzle can help keep your mind sharp.

While none of these methods have been proven to prevent dementia, they certainly can't hurt.

External Source

Alzheimer's Association. 2008 Alzheimer's disease facts and figures. Accessed August 12, 2008. Available at www.alz.org/national/documents/report_alzfactsfigures2008.pdf.

Potter GG, Helms MJ, Plassman BL. "Associations of job demands and intelligence with cognitive performance among men in late life." Neurology, 70. May 2008, 70:1803 ? 1808. www.alzinfo.org/newsarticle/templates/newstemplate.asp?articleid=291&zoneid=10

Web Writer: Linda Henry

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