Numerous factors determine which people will develop Alzheimer’s disease and which won’t. Factors such as age, family history and gender are beyond our control. Those factors within our control are the pillars of a healthy lifestyle—exercise, good nutrition, an appropriate weight.
The factors that assure our physical health have the same effect on assuring our mental health.
Here are 5 steps to follow to keep Alzheimer’s at bay:
1. Maintain a healthy weight by cutting back on calories and increasing exercise if you need to lose a few pounds.
2. Measure your waistline. A National Institutes of Health panel recommends women maintain a waist measurement of no more than 35 inches and men measure no more than 40 inches.
3. Eat mindfully. Eat heartily of colorful, vitamin-packed fruits and vegetables while cutting down on calories from sweets, sodas and refined grains. Avoid unhealthy fats and mindless snacking. Pay attention to portion size.
4. Exercise regularly to control weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. Walk briskly (4 mph) for 2.5 to 5 hours weekly, or jog (6 mph) for half that time.
5. Monitor important health numbers. Ask your doctor about your cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and blood sugar levels and make sure you keep them in healthy ranges.
Source: Harvard Medical School Healthbeat, August 10, 2013