Changes In Lifestyle Halves Risks For Alzheimer’s
Although up until now there have been many studies which suggested that a sudden and very important changes in lifestyle may not help as much with Alzheimer’s disease.
However, a new study comes to support the idea that if you change your lifestyle and treatment, you may somehow be able to prevent or at least slow down the evolution of the disease. Deborah Barnes, Ph.D., from the San Francisco VA Medical Center, who made a very thorough research regarding patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, got to the conclusion that a change in lifestyle may do even much more good than we may think. After studying and analyzing thousands upon thousands of patients, Barnes found out that many of the risks of Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented nowadays.
Currently, the most dangerous factors which can lead a person to develop Alzheimer’s disease include physical inactivity, smoking, low education, diabetes, mid-life obesity and hypertension and depression. What Barnes found was that in the United States of America, the most important risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease were exactly these. Still, according to Barnes, these things can also change if people want to. “What’s exciting is that this suggests that some very simple lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity and quitting smoking, could have a tremendous impact on preventing Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the United States and worldwide,” said Barnes.
At the conference in which the study was presented, Barnes made sure he clearly stated that fact that her research and results are based on the theory that with Alzheimer’s disease everything is about cause and effects. She stated that the assumption is that once you change the risk factor, the outcome also changes. However, she also said that they still had to find out whether this assumption is correct and if this theory works or not. What is worse is that the number of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple over the next forty years and if something could be done in order to prevent this from happening, it would be great.11