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Cure for DEMENTIA?


ūüĎČCure for dementia?: change your life-style‚ĚóÔłŹ

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Pharmaceutical companies have lost millions of dollars trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. However, instead of finding a cure, we should focus on preventing it.

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A third of Alzheimer’s disease cases worldwide are estimated to be attributable to seven modifiable factors: low education, midlife hypertension, midlife obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity, smoking, and depression.

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This evidence opens new avenues to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. For example, scientist showed that after two years of nutritional guidance, physical exercise, cognitive training, social activity, and intensive monitoring and management of vascular risk factors prevented cognitive decline in elderly people with risk for dementia.

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‚ĚóÔłŹExperts recommended:

ūüĎČNutrition:

‚úĒÔłŹHigh consumption of fruit and vegetables;

‚úĒÔłŹWhole grain in all cereal products;

‚úĒÔłŹLow-fat options in milk and meat products;

‚úĒÔłŹSucrose intake 50 g/day;

‚úĒÔłŹVegetable margarine and rapeseed oil instead of butter;

‚úĒÔłŹConsumption of fish in at least two portions per week.

ūüĎČPhysical exercise:

‚úĒÔłŹprogressive muscle strength training;

‚úĒÔłŹaerobic exercise programs;

‚úĒÔłŹexercises to maintain and improve postural balance.

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ūü߆Cognitive training targets cognitive domains most sensitive to aging and with a central role in everyday situations (episodic memory, executive function, mental speed, and working memory).

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ūüĎ®‚ÄćūüĎ©‚ÄćūüĎß‚Äćūü϶Social activities are stimulated through the numerous group meetings and also participants are provided with information on the value of an active lifestyle and social connectedness.

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The monitoring and management of vascular risk factors consist of repeated evaluation of cardiovascular and metabolic conditions, laboratory test results, weight, blood pressure, hip, and waist circumference.

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Changing your life-style can reduce more than 30% your chances of developing cognitive decline and/or dementia at older age.

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ūüõĎSo, now you know: better prevent, than cureūüõĎ


References (DOI)

10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60461-5 10.1016/j.jalz.2012.09.012