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7 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer's

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Good news for people who feel a hint of anxiety every time they forget where they put their keys. More than 50 percent of Alzheimer's cases may be preventable.

In fact, research suggests that there are seven key lifestyle changes people could make to help protect themselves from the memory-stealing disease.

The Super 7
More research is needed to confirm whether there is a causal link between these seven key risk factors and Alzheimer's. But there are plenty of other good health reasons to make the following changes:

  1. Get moving. Inactivity is linked to greater Alzheimer's risk, so go for a walk every day. Walking every day can keep your brain from shrinking, too. Find out how many miles you need to log to prevent shrinkage.

  2. Don't smoke. Or quit if you do. Smoking may up the likelihood of Alzheimer's. Try this 31-day plan to kick the habit for good.

  3. Eat more watermelon. Why? A compound in this juicy summer fruit can help lower your blood pressure by as much as nine points! And low blood pressure at middle age may help protect against Alzheimer's. Here are 12 other foods and beverages that help control blood pressure.

  4. Go to bed. Getting a good night's sleep can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. And new research suggests that developing type 2 diabetes may up your chances of getting Alzheimer's. Find out whether it's possible to cure prediabetes.

  5. Walk outside. People who exercise outside -- versus at the gym or inside the home -- have less depression. And that's good news for the brain, because depression may up the risk of Alzheimer's. Discover how little you have to walk to feel good for 12 hours.

  6. Take a class. Higher education is linked to lower rates of Alzheimer's. Find out how learning a new language affects Alzheimer's potential.

  7. Drop a few. Becoming obese at middle age may be connected to higher Alzheimer's risk. Need help getting started? Try this easy menu planner that helps you lose weight sensibly.

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References

The projected effect of risk factor reduction on Alzheimer's disease prevalence. Barnes, D. E., Yaffe, K., Lancet Neurology 2011 Sep;10(9):819-828.

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