Scary Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease

Scary Facts about Alzheimer’s DiseaseIf you have been around people with Alzheimer’s Disease or are getting older, you may be thinking about the disease. It is a scary fact that many people nowadays are being struck by this disease as they age. In America, the government has been completing extensive studies on the effects on the population and what can be done to prevent this disease.

According to statistics from a study called ‘The Healthy Brain Initiative’ done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2006 to 2011:

  • Alzheimer’s disease is now the 6th leading cause of death among American adults aged 18 and older, and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older.
  • Current estimates for the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease range from 2.6 million to 5.2 million Americans, and the risk of developing the disease increases with age.
  • If present trends continue, by 2050, as many as 16 million people may be living in the United States with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • For people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, aggregate payments for health care, long-term care, and hospice are projected to increase from $183 billion in 2011 to $1.1 trillion in 2050 (in 2011 dollars).

What does all this mean for you? Well, it means that as you grow older, your chances of having cognitive health issues increase. With these risks come high expenses, far more than your retirement ever planned for. So, what can you do? Is there any way to fight the onset of Alzheimer’s disease?

Food:

  • Nuts
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Tomatoes
  • Fruits
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Dark and green vegetables
  • Coffee
  • Green and black tea
  • Flaxseed
  • Berries

Vitamins and supplements:

  • Vitamin B12
  • Omega 3
  • Omega 6
  • Fish oil
  • Vitamin D
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium

Other:

  • Exercise
  • Moderate alcohol
  • Low-dose aspirin
  • Meditation
  • Mentally stimulating activities

Avoid:

  • Aluminum
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Overeating
  • Excessive alcohol

Living a healthy lifestyle is always something that will help to prevent disease. Make sure you keep your blood glucose levels stable by avoiding excess carbohydrates and sugars and eat plenty of vegetables. Lean meats and low fat dairy are also a healthy food idea. Getting involved in physically and mentally stimulating activities can also help to reduce your risk.

Getting older does not mean you are doomed to lose your mental capabilities. By eating right, exercising, and keeping yourself busy, you can lower your risk factors. You want to stay healthy all your life. Do that by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude.

 

Author  Byline:

Monta the mother of three children serves as an Expert Advisor on multiple household help issues to many Organizations and groups, and is a mentor for other “Mom-preneurs” seeking guidance.  She is a regular contributor of elder care jobs”.  You can get in touch with her at montafleming6Atgmail dotcom

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