In 2026, we may enter a “super-aged society” defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), that is, the elderly group accounts for 20% of the country’s total population. Dementia (commonly known as Alzheimer’s disease) can be said to be a common disease among the elderly, and Alzheimer’s Disease is the main cause of dementia. Therefore, how to effectively prevent and reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease requires the government and individuals to work together.
According to statistics from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) in 2018, as of last year (2018), 50 million people worldwide were suffering from dementia, and on average, one person developed dementia every 3 seconds. By 2050, the total number of people with dementia worldwide will reach 152 million.
5 ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease
- Exercise regularly
Exercise can cure all diseases. By stimulating brain function, it can slow down the progression of cognitive impairment and improve insulin sensitivity, effectively reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It is recommended to choose an exercise you like, such as walking in the park, to give yourself the motivation to persist, but the time should not be too long. It is important to develop regular habits. In addition, be careful of sports injuries.
- Be proactive in connecting with people
Humans are social animals, so they long to connect with others. We don’t necessarily have to be the focus of the group, but we need to interact with the people around us in real life. We must not isolate ourselves, but actively participate in the groups we belong to. If you have a social circle, ask friends out for dinner when you have the opportunity, or participate in volunteer activities in the community. These are both good choices.
- Deeply concern with diet and health care method
Some studies have concluded that Alzheimer’s disease can be classified as Type 3 Diabetes, which means that the patient’s brain develops insulin resistance, which leads to high blood pressure in the brain. In this regard, dietary control becomes very important, such as adopting low carbohydrates, eating more omega-3 fatty acid foods, and consuming more coconut oil. If you want to challenge ultra-low-carb recipes, you can also try the ketogenic diet or the Mediterranean diet.
In addition, the correct use of supplements can also help treat Alzheimer’s disease, including fish oil, vitamin B12, vitamin D, folic acid, and magnesium. But please remember, before using any medicine, you must first consult a professional doctor about its efficacy and your physical condition.
- Keep studying, but know how to take breaks
Brain exercise and training are very important. Even if you retire, you should push yourself to keep learning. This is a healthy lifestyle. However, you must also give yourself timely rest. Long-term work stress will put a heavy burden on the brain and even hinder the growth of memory and nerves. Therefore, it is good to arrange more relaxing itineraries for yourself, such as soaking in hot springs or going for an outing in the countryside. You can also try something you have never done before, but you must take your physical safety into consideration. Playing musical instruments and strategic games are both good choices.
- Optimize sleep quality and eliminate disturbing factors
It is not difficult to find that patients with Alzheimer’s disease usually suffer from sleep disorders. More and more studies have also found that people with poor sleep quality usually have high amounts of beta amyloid in their brains. This protein affects a person’s sleep, which may make it difficult to remove toxins from the brain and interfere with memory production. Therefore, patients must set their physiological alarm clock, pay attention to the environment and atmosphere of the dormitory, eliminate all factors that may affect sleep (such as not placing mobile phones and computers next to the bed), and let the brain get used to your sleeping time. Only in this way can a high quality of sleep be ensured. Quality sleep.