Protecting Your Brain Against Memory Loss
There are a number of modifiable risk factors for memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). You can be proactive and reduce your risk by:
Taking control of your blood pressure
Studies demonstrate that mid-life high blood pressure leads to poor brain function later in life. To lower your blood pressure:
Lowering your cholesterol
High cholesterol levels can narrow blood vessels and increase risk of stroke. High cholesterol may also contribute to the formation of the brain plaques that cause AD. To lower your cholesterol:
Diet (see Foods for Maintaining Memory)
Low calorie, low saturated and total fat – a lot of fruit and vegetables, one (or more) fish meals a week
Regular physical exercise improves blood circulation, heart function and mood, and lowers blood pressure & cholesterol, helps you lose weight and reduces risk for diabetes. Exercise also improves nerve cell health & survival and strengthens the connections between nerve cells.
Stimulate your brain with mental activities – reading, writing, drawing. Learning new information or a new skill has been shown to be particularly beneficial.
Socialize – being socially active and having meaningful interaction with other people stimulates the brain and helps preserve cognitive abilities.
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