By Sarah Barnett
There are many people who have Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately five million people have this disease, which just takes over your mind. Some people can’t remember their past, and others can’t remember present day. Did you know that it could be prevented?
The Help Guide reports that Alzheimer’s can be prevented, so why not take the extra step and try to make sure that your future does not end up like some people’s have. I have seen this disease on a first-hand experience; someone very close to me actually has this disease, and it is very sad and heart-wrenching to watch them go through the stages. I could never imagine going through that later on in my life.
How do you prevent it?
Well, The Help Guide indicates that there is no definite way to prevent it outright, but you can try using steps they recommend. There are six ways that they say you can prevent it.
The first way that you could prevent it would be by getting enough exercise! They say that it can prevent your chances of getting Alzheimer’s by 50%. The reason why regular exercise actually helps to prevent it is because exercise stimulates your brain’s ability to keep old connections and make new ones.
The second step to prevent it would be by having a healthy diet! Healthy diets are good for you anyway, but isn’t it great that it also prevents Alzheimer’s? Your eating habits actually do effect everything; your body will function better and you will feel better. The reason a healthy diet helps with your memory is because it reduces inflammation and energy production to make sure your brain is healthy.
The third step would be mental stimulation. Mental stimulation challenges your brain to memorize and learn new things. This will help you in the long run, because it challenges you. When you get caught on something you don’t know, mental stimulation stops and makes you think. So go play a hard, puzzling, strategy game! It will help you in the long run.
The fourth step is to get quality sleep every night! It doesn’t seem that hard, does it? Gallup indicates that actually only 40% of America’s population get the recommended amount of sleep.
The fifth step is managing your stress. For most people, it is really hard to do; there is not one person that doesn’t have stress in his/her life. I’m not going to tell you, “Just don’t stress out and you’ll be fine!” In my opinion, it’s very hard not to stress, but if you just learn how to manage it, you’ll be fine. Just breathe and take on life like a head-on collision, and make jokes, laugh and just plain out smile!
The sixth and final step would be participating in social interactions. Get involved; isn’t that what everyone says? It will help your chance to get into colleges and actually some jobs. Being involved shows that you will go the extra mile, so why not? Talk on the phone, meet up with friends, get out of your comfort zone and do things! I promise that it will make you feel better.
Just take these steps to help you prevent Alzheimer’s. Even if this doesn’t work, in the long run you can say you tried, and you had a good life and lived it well!
These six steps will also make your life a whole lot better right now, Alzheimer’s or not!