Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most worrying diseases of recent decades due to the increased number of diagnoses. The exact causes or triggers of the disease are not known, but the symptoms are known to progress rapidly. The disease causes harm to patients and family members, which is why many ask whether an outbreak of Alzheimer’s disease is preventable. Today we will help answer this question.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
The brain is a multifunctional center; they are generally responsible for the functioning of all bodies. The brain interprets external stimuli and sends signals that cause reactions in the muscles, bones, organs, and glands. For example, walking, remembering various facts, and even feeling thirsty are all due to the brain. But age can affect all of this.
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that involves the onset of numerous symptoms of dementia. In general, it is associated with aging. However, it can also affect young people if they have certain risk factors. In medical terms, “dementia” refers to clinical cases that include symptoms such as cognitive impairment or memory impairment.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
In Alzheimer’s disease, dementia appears as the main symptom of severe brain and nerve cell degeneration. As this degenerative process progresses, many patients experience significant changes in their daily behavior and personality. In more severe cases, they may develop severe personality disorder.
The International Alzheimer’s Association has compiled a detailed list of the ten most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease. They are:
- Memory problems that make daily activities more difficult
- Difficulty solving simple problems
- Difficulty performing normal routine tasks
- Loss of sense of time and place
- Difficulty interpreting images
- Problems with written and spoken language
- Putting objects in strange places or having difficulty finding items
- Difficulty making decisions or loss of good judgment
- Loss of initiative or motivation
- Changes in mood, behavior, or personality
Causes of Alzheimer’s disease
Medical professionals still do not agree on the root causes of Alzheimer’s disease. But in addition to aging, it is considered to have the following risk factors:
- Use of toxic substances such as drugs
- An unbalanced diet
- Still life
- Overweight or obesity
- Poor sleeping habits (poor quality or insufficient sleep)
- Eating disorders such as anorexia
- Cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure
- Brain injuries due to accidents, head injuries or illnesses
Can an outbreak of Alzheimer’s disease be prevented?
When we talk about stopping the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, we usually mean slowing the progression of symptoms. But more important than slowing down the deterioration process is to prevent it from appearing from the beginning, as its progression in cases of dementia is extremely rapid. Preventing Alzheimer’s disease means cutting risk factors out of life.
Below are some suggestions for changes you can make to your daily lifestyle to take care of your mind and body:
- Adopt a balanced diet. Avoid excessive food and empty calories.
- Exercise regularly (at least 30 minutes a day).
- Keep your weight in healthy readings so you don’t become overweight or develop cardiovascular problems.
- Eat foods rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. These include citrus fruits, red berries, green leafy vegetables, nuts, Omega-3 and Omega-9 rich fish, etc.
- Reduce everyday stress levels through exercise, meditation, yoga, hobbies, etc.
- Take time to relax and enjoy yourself. Overloading oneself at work is detrimental to health and cognitive abilities.
- Sleep eight hours a day and make sure your sleep quality is good.
- Maintain healthy relationships and spend time in positive environments.
- Maintain good self-esteem, avoid negative thoughts, and don’t be ashamed to seek psychological help if you feel it is necessary.
- Drink alcohol in moderation, do not smoke tobacco, and do not use toxic substances.
In addition, women undergoing menopause should ask their doctor for an estrogen hormone supplement. Researchers believe that a decrease in natural estrogen production may be more likely to trigger Alzheimer’s disease.
Of course, the onset or prevention of Alzheimer’s disease is not entirely in our own hands, but we can influence its likelihood by eliminating the risk factors we know.
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