Reducing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Because the causes are unknown, there are currently no guidelines for reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Scientists are studying medicines and lifestyle factors that may help ward off the condition. Diet, mental activity, and exercise may play a role in brain health. For example:
- Regular exercise and social engagement may decrease the risk of developing dementia.
- There is some evidence that the Mediterranean diet may help lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease, as well. This diet includes foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, seeds, olive oil, and fish.
- Drinking alcohol may be beneficial, But it is drinking in moderation, one drink per day for women, two drinks per day for men.
Control of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes may help to reduce your risk. In addition, some researchers have argued that long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can lower the risk.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been studied in Alzheimer's prevention but research is unclear, in fact some studies have shown an increased risk of Alzheimer's with HRT. As our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease grows, your doctor may have more information regarding steps for reducing your risk as you age. Studies are ongoing to allow us to better understand the risk factors for Alzhemier’s disease.
Last reviewedSeptember 2013by Rimas Lukas, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.