Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating illness that affects over 27 million people world wide. It is the more prevalent form of dementia, which is a loss of cognitive ability. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s include confusion, short term memory loss, mood swings, and difficulties using language. Eventually, the brain becomes so damaged that bodily functions become impaired, leading to death. Death typically occurs within ten years of diagnosis.
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Alzheimer’s typically attacks people over the age of 65. Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease can affect anyone under the age of 65, and in rare cases it affects people in their youth. There are no known cures for Alzheimer’s disease. Early diagnosis is key in extending the life of the affected individual. There are a number of different medications, but none have shown any ability to delay or completely stop the progression of Alzheimer’s.
There are currently over 400 trials of new Alzheimer’s medications. Hopefully new treatments will be available soon. Until then, prevention is one of the best options. Here are 12 easy ways to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
1. Eat Fish
To help reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, be sure to eat plenty of fish. The Omega-3 fatty acids in fish have been shown to slow the progression of the disease. DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is one of the three main forms of Omega-3 fatty acids. In one study, DHA’s were shown to be particularly effective in reducing the risk and progression of Alzheimer’s. Enjoy Omega-3 fatty acids in fish such as salmon, trout, sardines. You can also find them in walnuts, eggs, and in flax seeds.