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How to Prevent Alzheimers, the most common dementia and cause of severe memory loss

Updated on October 1, 2011

Pick One Healthy Habit to Start Today

These are all things I, a former doctor, do for myself. Alzheimers runs in my family. I really want to avoid it because I am my brain. If you feel like I do, improve your odds by picking any of these strategies or eventually all of them.

Maintain a healthy weight - BMI 25 or less. Fat cells release inflammatory hormones. Inflammation is part of the problem in Alzheimers.

Control your blood pressure, sugar, and cholesterol.

Walk, swim, cycle, dance, play raquetball or do other aerobic activity at least 20 minutes on most days.

Exercise your brain: Learn to sing a new song. Do crosswords. Take up a new hobby. Take a class. Don't retire completely. Volunteer. You get the idea. Mental exercise increases brain reserves and makes you better able to compensate for any brain damage like the B-amyloid deposits of Alzheimers.

Stay in touch with friends and family.

Eat berries frequently. Blueberries have been proven to prevent Alzheimers in rodents. Blueberries and strawberries have been shown to help memory and cognition in humans. Red apples and broccoli may help, too.

Eat foods containing the B vitamin niacin. These foods include meat, poultry, fish, beans, nuts, dairy, eggs and enriched grains. A 2005 study of 3700 people over 6 years showed that those with the highest niacin consumption from food and supplements had 40 - 70% less chance of developing Alzheimers than those with the lowest niacin consumption.

Use the spice turmeric. It makes curry powder and mustard yellow. The curcumin in turmeric is thought to be the reason there's less Alzheimers in India.

Mind, Mood, and Memory newsletter from Harvard Med School reports recently (6/11) that the following supplements may benefit brain energy metabolism: NAC, ALCAR, lipoic acid (especially with NAC or ALCAR), and SAMe.


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    • cathylynn99 profile image

      cathylynn99 7 years ago from northeastern US

      hi, jillian,

      my mom does this, too. she freezes them in a single layer on the cookie sheet so they don't clump, then transfers them to a freezer bag. thanks for reminding me of this great way to have blueberries all year round inexpensively.

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      Jillian Barclay 7 years ago from California, USA

      Am sure that when people see me buy 6 - 8 pounds of blueberries at a time during blueberry season, they think I am crazy. I bring them home after paying $1.50 for an 18 ounce basket, wash them, spin them dry in my salad spinner,lay them out on a paper towel-lined cookie sheet and then freeze them in freezer bags. Middle of Nov. now, and have about 15 pounds of blueberries in my freezer. I love them! If frozen using this method, they don't come out mushy or watery, or stuck together. They need no sugar. My own doctor told me long ago that blueberries are great if you are a diabetic, but did not tell me about the possible benefits as to Alzheimer's. Thank you!

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      cathylynn99 7 years ago from northeastern US

      so glad you found the hub useful. thanks for the positive feedback.

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      I asked this question of how to prevent alzeimers last weekend after visiting an alzeimers neighbour, I am glad I found this hub, and it's an advice from a former doctor. Thank you !!

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      cathylynn99 7 years ago from northeastern US

      blueberries - a good choice. i like them fresh or frozen (don't thaw) stirred into fat-free cool whip.

      I'll take on anybody who says diogenes is a rat!

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      diogenes 7 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Will eat more blueberries: my ex says I'm a rat! Good advice yo...Bob