Alzheimer's prevention: Does it exist?

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Alzheimer's prevention: Does it exist?

Question

Are there any proven Alzheimer's prevention strategies?

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Answer

According to an April 2010 statement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a number of factors could play a role in whether you develop Alzheimer's disease. However, more research is needed before modifying any of these factors can be proven to prevent Alzheimer's.

The NIH report was developed by an independent panel of health professionals and public representatives who reviewed the most current research on Alzheimer's prevention. The panel found that studies to date have varied too much in size, scope, criteria and definitions to compare results and draw reliable conclusions.

Although more research is needed to definitively prove which Alzheimer's prevention strategies are effective, some purported strategies are healthy choices that promote good overall health:

  • Avoiding smoking
  • Eating a balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits and lean protein, particularly protein sources containing omega-3 fatty acids
  • Being physically and socially active
  • Taking care of your mental health
Last Updated: 2010-08-31
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