Alzheimer’s disease is an unalterable, advanced brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking abilities and, eventually, the skill to carry out the simplest tasks.

The Alzheimer’s disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer. In 1906, Dr. Alzheimer noticed fluctuations in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of a rare mental sickness. Her symptoms included memory loss, language difficulties, and erratic behavior.

There is no treatment that cures Alzheimer’s disease or amends the disease process in the brain. In progressive stages of the disease, complications from severe loss of brain functions, such as dehydration, malnutrition or infection that ultimately result in death.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

  1. Condensed ability to take in and remember new information like:
  • repetitive questions or conversations
  • misplacing personal belongings
  • forgetting events or appointments
  • getting lost on a familiar route
  1. Impairments to reasoning, complex tasking, and exercising judgment, for example:
    • poor understanding of safety risks
    • inability to manage finances
    • poor decision-making ability
    • inability to plan complex or sequential activities
  1. Inability to recognize faces or common objects or to find objects in direct view and inability to use simple tools, for example, to orient clothing to the body.
  2. Impaired speaking, reading and writing, for example:
    • difficulty thinking of common words while speaking, hesitations
    • speech, spelling, and writing errors
  3. Changes in personality and behavior, for example:
    • out-of-character mood changes, including agitation, apathy, social withdrawal or a lack of interest, motivation, or initiative
    • loss of empathy
  1. compulsive, obsessive, or socially unacceptable behavior

Causes of Alzheimer’s:

Doctors and scientist believe that for most people, Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain over time.

Risk factors:

  • Increasing age is the greatest known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is not a part of normal aging. The risk of Alzheimer’s increases as you grow older.
  • The risk of developing Alzheimer’s is somewhat higher if a first-degree relative has the disease. Most genetic mechanisms of Alzheimer’s among families remain largely unexplained, and the genetic factors are likely complex.
  • People who’ve had a severe head trauma have a greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Research has shown that the same risk factors associated with heart disease may also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. These include: lack of exercise, obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, etc.

Prevention of Alzheimer's:

It is obvious that we cannot stop being older and change our genetic factor but we can change our lifestyle to prevent this disease.

Exercise:

Exercise is very important for any kind of mental illness including Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation, regular physical exercise can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 50 percent.

Social engagement:

Human beings are highly social creatures. Staying socially involved may even protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in later life, so make developing and maintaining a strong network of friends a priority.

Proper sleeping:

There are a number of relations between poor sleeping and the development of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Some studies have emphasized the importance of quality sleep for flushing out toxins in the brain. So, proper and in time sleeping is very important.

Stress management:

Being stress free is very important to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Always try to be happy, laugh enough, do what makes you happy and give your mind peace.

Healthy Diet:

Studies show that diet and lifestyle changes may help to reduce the risk factors of getting Alzheimer’s disease. Foods that contain fiber, anti-oxidant properties, omega-3 fatty acid, essential minerals, vitamins, whole grains can prevent Alzheimer’s. We should try to eat low carbs food and try to avoid sugar.

Several studies show that eating a Mediterranean diet intensely reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. That means plenty of vegetables, beans, whole grains, fish and olive oil, etc. may help in reducing this mental illness. Food sources include cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, seaweed, and sardines is very good for mental health. You can also supplement with fish oil.

Eat up across the color spectrum to maximize protective antioxidants and vitamins, including green leafy vegetables, berries, and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli.

Regular consumption of few foods like Chia Seed, Gooseberries/Amalaki, Chives, Red beetroot, Olive /olive oil, Mushroom, Almonds, Centella Asiatica/ Thankuni, Ashwagandha, Broccoli, Sunflower Seed, Cauliflower, etc. can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

 

 

There are a few foods we should consume regularly besides our meals to prevent Alzheimer's Disease:

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