The Onset of Alzheimer’s – Can it Be Stopped?
To prevent the beginnings of Alzheimer's it's very important to exclude certain risk factors from your routine.
Alzheimer’s is one of the most worrying diseases of recent decades due to an increase in the number of diagnoses. We don’t know the exact triggers or causes of this disease. However, we know that the symptoms advance rapidly.
This disease wreaks havoc with patients and family members, and this why many people ask if it’s possible to stop the degenerative process.
Today, we’ll help answer this question.
What is Alzheimer’s?
The brain acts as a multi-functional centre. Overall, it’s responsible for the control of all the organs in the body.
It interprets external stimuli to send out signals which cause responses in the muscles, bones, organs, and glands.
Being able to walk, memorize a variety of facts, or even feeling thirsty is all because of your brain. However, this can come to be affected by age.
Alzheimer’s is one of the most common conditions to affect neuronal cells and, as a result, the brain.
It’s a neurodegenerative disease that involves the appearance of a number of symptoms of dementia. In general, it’s associated with ageing. However, it can affect young people as well if they have certain risk factors.
In medical terms, the term “dementia” denotes clinical cases which involve symptoms such as loss of cognitive function or memory.
As we age, our neurons gradually deteriorate, and as they can’t regenerate, they die. This causes the reduction in many brain functions. Therefore, older people are much more vulnerable to dementia.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
With Alzheimer’s, dementia appears as the main symptom of a severe degeneration of nerve and brain cells.
As this degenerative process advances, many patients exhibit a marked change in their daily behaviour and personality. In more serious cases, they can develop severe personality disorders.
The International Alzheimer’s Association has created a list of “The 10 signs of Alzheimer’s.” In it, they details the most common signals seen in patients.
Here they are:
- Memory problems which make daily activities more difficult,
- Difficulty resolving simple problems,
- Difficulty carrying out normal routine tasks,
- Lose of spatial or temporal awareness,
- Difficulty interpreting images,
- Problems with written or spoken language,
- Putting objects in strange places or struggling to find things,
- Difficulty in make decisions or loss of good judgement,
- Loss of initiative or motivation,
- Changes in mood, behavior, or personality.
The Causes of Alzheimer’s
There is still no consensus among medical professionals about the main causes of Alzheimer’s. However, aside from ageing, they observe the following risk factors:
- Consumption of toxic substances such as drugs,
- Unbalanced diet,
- Sedentary lifestyle,
- Being overweight or obese,
- Poor sleeping habits (poor quality sleep or not enough sleep),
- Eating disorders, such as nervous anorexia,
- Cardiovascular problems, such as arterial hypertension,
- Brain injuries caused by accidents, trauma, or illness.
Is it possible to stop Alzheimer’s?
When we talk about stopping the beginnings of Alzheimer’s, we’re generally talking about slowing down the advance of symptoms.
However, more important than slowing down the degenerative process is stopping it emerging in the first place. After all, the advance of the degenerative in cases of dementia is extremely rapid.
Preventing Alzheimer’s means excluding risk factors from your routine.
Therefore, below we offer some proposals of changes you can make to your daily habits to care for your mind and body:
- Adopt a balanced diet. Avoid excess food and empty calories.
- Do physical exercise regularly (at least 30 minutes per day).
- Maintain a healthy body weight, to avoid being overweight, or developing cardiovascular problems.
- Consume foods rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. These include citrus fruits, red berries, green leafy vegetables, nuts, fish with high omega 3 and 9 content, etc.
- Reduce your daily stress levels with physical exercise, meditation, yoga, a hobby, etc.
- Make time to relax and entertain yourself. After all, overloading yourself with work is counterproductive for your health and cognitive abilities.
- Sleep eight hours a day and make sure your sleep is of good quality.
- Maintain healthy relationships and spend time in positive environments.
- Maintain a good level of self-esteem, avoid negative thoughts, and don’t be embarrassed to seek psychological treatment if you think it’s necessary.
- Drink alcohol in moderation, don’t smoke, and don’t consume toxic substances.
In addition, women who are going through the menopause should consult a doctor about estrogen hormone supplements. Scientists believe that the reduction of the natural production of estrogen can make the appearance of the onset of Alzheimer’s more likely.
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