This is an important article to read. I think everyone knows someone who has Alzheimer’s or who has died from it. I do. It’s a horrible disease. And it’s so important that people pay attention to their diet, exercise and get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
I know several people who exercise, and some who eat healthy foods, but most people I talk to do not get enough sleep. Many have a sleep disorder, but they’re not seeking help for it. Please go to the doctor if you suffer from insomnia, even if you feel you have enough energy. But do not let them give you sleeping pills. They’re addictive and do not tackle the issue at its root cause.
An excerpt from the article:
Preventing your own decline
Isaacson runs one of the few Alzheimer’s prevention clinics in the country, and he also stresses the need to look at the disease holistically. “We now have research that shows very specific types of exercise, brain stimulation, taking control of diabetes, even in the pre-diabetes phase, can all make a difference.”
Tanzi agrees, and even lists his recommendations in order of priority: exercise, at least seven to eight hours of sleep, which helps the brain clear debris, an anti-inflammatory Mediterranean style diet, adding good quality Omega 3 oils (he likes krill), intellectual stimulation and social engagement.