Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. It is a common misbelief that Alzheimer’s is caused due to aging and it is normal for old people to be affected by its symptoms. However, it is not so. Alzheimer’s is certainly linked with losing memory but it is not a part of the natural aging process. Even though scientists have been studying to understand the cause behind this disease, they have yet to come to a proper conclusion.
However, just like other diseases, your lifestyle can greatly impact your chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
Adapting healthy lifestyle is necessary
You cannot stop the aging process. But you certainly can take precautions and steps to ensure healthy aging. It has been found that Dementia eventually leads to Alzheimer’s in many cases. Dementia chances can be reduced by adopting a healthy lifestyle that must include daily physical activities, eating a healthy diet, and saying no to smoking and alcohol.
According to the CDC people who are suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, depression, hearing loss, smoking, physical inactivity, and binge drinking are more prone to get Alzheimer’s disease.
However, the risk can be reduced by maintaining proper blood pressure and blood sugar levels, monitoring other health symptoms going for regular check-ups, and maintaining ideal weight. Although there is no guarantee that people who are healthy can never suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the probability is below 2%.
Regular checkup is must
For those who are already suffering from either one or a few lifestyle diseases, it is important that they regularly go to health experts for checkups and follow the routine and medications advised to them by the doctors.
Most importantly, whenever you feel that there is something wrong with your memory or you are forgetting a lot lately, you must immediately consult your health expert to check whether it is the onset of a brain-related disease or not.