Ways to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease
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Ways to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

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Ways to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Doing what for 15 minutes three times a week can lower Alzheimer's risk by as much as 40 percent?

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The correct answer is: One study found that people who exercised for 15 minutes three times a week slashed Alzheimer's risk by as much as 40 percent. Researchers suspect that exercise protects the brain by promoting blood vessel health and boosting the brain's ability to repair damage.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What is the best kind of puzzle you can do to sharpen your brain?

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The correct answer is: The best kind of puzzle you can do to sharpen your brain is any puzzle you can't quite solve. By consistently challenging yourself you increase the growth of brain cell dendrites and improve brain functioning.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Obesity can increase a person's risk of Alzheimer's by what percent?

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The correct answer is: Researchers looking at 15 studies with follow-up times ranging from three to 36 years concluded that a BMI in the obese range doubles the risk for Alzheimer's, while being overweight heightens risk by one-third. Try and maintain a healthy weight to curb that risk.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Being underweight decreases risk for Alzheimer's.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Being underweight has the same affect on Alzheimer's risk as being obese. Try and make sure you have a normal BMI -- 18.5 to 24.9 -- to help ward off the disease.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of the following drugs may help reduce Alzheimer's risk?

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The correct answer is: Various lab and retrospective studies have suggested that statins help improve blood flow to the brain by decreasing particles in the blood such as cholesterol and triglycerides. However clinical trials of statins have not been as successful.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of the following activities does Dr. Oz recommend to prevent Alzheimer's disease?

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The correct answer is: Research shows that ping pong has the potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease. Think about what it takes for you to play. You need hand-eye coordination, you need to make quick decisions and the rapid eye movements make the brain do all kinds of analysis immediately. You also have to predict where the ball is going to be, which takes a huge amount of mental power. Constant calculation engages the brain and keeps it young.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Alcohol may be effective in preventing Alzheimer's.

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The correct answer is: Some studies have found this to be true, however the evidence is still up in the air. Alcohol appears to help maintain good circulation and decrease inflammation in the brain, which suggests it may be effective at preventing Alzheimer's, as long as it's in moderation (1 drink per day for women, 2 drinks per day for men). However, don't binge, and don't start drinking if you haven't tippled before. Both have been shown to increase Alzheimer's risk.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of the following activities is believed to prevent Alzheimer's?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Researchers suspect that mental challenge helps to build up your brain, making it less susceptible to the lesions associated with Alzheimer's disease.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Research suggests eating foods rich in what type of fat may reduce Alzheimer's risk?

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The correct answer is: Some research suggests that a diet low in saturated and trans fats, and high in healthful monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, decreases risk for Alzheimer's disease. Nuts, olive oil, canola oil, and fish are all good sources of mono and polyunsaturated fats

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Which of the following fish is the best at lowering the risk of Alzheimer's?

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The correct answer is: All of the above fish are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which studies show are beneficial in lowering the risk of Alzheimer's.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to decrease Alzheimer's risk by what percent?

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The correct answer is: A neurology study found that people who ate fatty fish more than twice a week lowered their risks for dementia and Alzheimer's by 28 percent and 41 percent, compared to people who ate it less than once a month.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of the following beverages may help prevent Alzheimer's?

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The correct answer is: According to research, drinking caffeinated coffee in moderation might help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Animal studies show that something in coffee may help trigger the release of a special growth factor that recruits cells from bone marrow to help sweep out beta-amyloid deposits. (Those are the pesky plaques that cause Alzheimer's symptoms.) In studies, decaf coffee didn't provide the same benefits.

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Eating food rich in which of the following vitamins is believed to help prevent Alzheimer's?

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The correct answer is: An animal study from Japan suggests that vitamin D may help clear the brain of beta-amyloid, a toxic protein-like compound that accumulates in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. If you want to get more vitamin D in your diet try opening up a can of salmon or tuna, drinking vitamin D fortified orange juice or cracking open some eggs.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which spice is believed to help prevent Alzheimer's?

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The correct answer is: Researchers have found that turmeric may help prevent or even treat Alzheimer’s disease. In Alzheimer’s disease, plaques called amyloid are deposited in the brain, which causes the brain to work poorly. Researchers found that curcumin, one of the most active substances found in turmeric, reduced the number of these plaques by 50 percent. Rats given turmeric also performed better on maze-based memory tests.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Eating a handful of which of the following may protect against Alzheimer's?

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The correct answer is: Sunflower seeds are loaded with vitamin E, a nutrient that may help protect against memory-stealing Alzheimer's disease. In a study, those who reported getting the highest amount of vitamin E were about 25 percent less likely to be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease over a 10-year period.

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True or false: Alzheimer's risk is in no way related to a person's level of education.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Imaging studies found that it took more brain damage to cause Alzheimer's symptoms in the people who'd had the most schooling. Autopsies of participants in another study show that among people who had the same degree of brain damage from Alzheimer's, the most educated people experienced the least severe symptoms. In effect, education might delay the onset of Alzheimer's symptoms.

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Which of the following pills is believed to decrease the risk of Alzheimer's?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Advil, Motrin and Aleve are all nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs block enzymes that promote inflammation, pain, and fevers. Scientists suspect that they protect against Alzheimer's by reducing brain inflammation that may occur during the disease's development. Experimental evidence suggests that ibuprofen may decrease the production and accumulation of beta-amyloid. However some studies have been contradictory.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What is the ideal blood pressure reading to help ward off Alzheimer's?

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The correct answer is: According to the Alzheimer's Association, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia appears to be increased by high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high cholesterol. They recommend keeping your blood pressure below 120/80.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these may help lower your risk of Alzheimer's?

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The correct answer is: Several studies have shown an association between gum disease and Alzheimer's. Blocking the immune system's reaction to gum disease helps your brain. Be sure to brush, floss and see your dentist regularly so you can keep your brain sharp.

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A diet that's good for which organ may also help prevent Alzheimer's?

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The correct answer is: Managing cholesterol with a heart-healthy diet is a key strategy for preventing dementia and Alzheimer's disease. High cholesterol levels cause plaque to build up in the arteries, which slows blood circulation throughout the body and brain. Almonds, asparagus, oatmeal and blueberries are just some of the foods that can lower cholesterol and help protect against Alzheimer's.

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