Wednesday Workshop – 7 Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Research suggests that certain diet and exercise habits may lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease by more than half.
Use these tips to reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease:
1. Avoid saturated fats and trans fats.
Meats, dairy products, and certain oils contain saturated fat. Many snacks, pastries and fried foods are filled with trans fats. It’s okay to consume these foods once in a while but try to avoid brings this type of food in the home on a regular basis.
2. Eat a healthy diet.
Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, peas and lentils should be staples in your everyday diet.
3. Go nuts for nuts.
One ounce of nuts or seeds is a great source of vitamin E. Vitamin E has several important functions such as maintaining cell structure by protecting cell membranes. Vitamin E also helps to slow the decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Make vitamin B12 a priority.
Eat fortified foods or take a supplement to get at least the recommended daily allowance. (2.4 mcg per day for adults).
5. Choose your multivitamin wisely.
You should try to avoid multivitamins with iron and copper, and take iron supplements only when directed by your doctor. Ask your doctor what he or she recommends in regards to taking a new multivitamin.
6. Cook with caution.
Aluminum cookware, like pots and pans, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s-related dementia, should always be avoided. Instead, choose stainless steel or cast iron pots and pans.
7. Keep moving.
Strive to get at least 40 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three times a week. Exercise activities can include brisk walking, running, jogging, swimming or cycling.
To speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week!
Source: Dietary Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Prevention 2013, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine