Good news for people who feel a hint of anxiety every time they forget where they put their keys. More than 50 percent of Alzheimer's cases may be preventable.
In fact, research suggests that there are seven key healthy lifestyle changes people could make to help prevent Alzheimer's disease.
The Super 7
More research is needed to confirm whether there is a causal link between these seven key risk factors and Alzheimer's. But there are plenty of other good health reasons to make the following changes:
- Get moving. Inactivity is linked to greater Alzheimer's risk, so take a daily walk. Walking every day can prevent your brain from shrinking, too. Find out how many miles you need to log to avoid shrinkage.
- Don't smoke. If you do, quit. Smoking may up the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease. Try this 31-day plan to kick the habit for good.
- Eat more bananas. The potassium in this cheap and plentiful year-round fruit can help lower your blood pressure by as much as two to three points! And low blood pressure at middle age may help prevent Alzheimer's disease.
- Go to bed. Getting a good night's sleep can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, so get your ZZZs because research suggests that developing type 2 diabetes may up your chances of getting Alzheimer's. Find out whether it's possible to cure prediabetes.
- Walk outside. People who exercise outside -- versus at the gym or inside the home -- have less depression. That's good news for the brain, because depression may increase the risk of Alzheimer's. Get in fine walking form with these 6 tweaks.
- Take a class. Higher education is linked to lower rates of Alzheimer's.
- Drop a few. Becoming obese at middle age may be connected to higher Alzheimer's risk.