We’ve all heard that stimulate our brain functions, including intellectual could protect us from Alzheimer’s disease.
Thus, crosswords and all kinds of learning are recommended.
Today, studies suggest that there are other protective factors. Was even identified risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease… And it appears that we could halve the number of people affected.
Alzheimer’s, prevent long as we do not know how to cure
The research was mobilized for years to develop treatments that will cure Alzheimer’s disease. Similarly, researchers are busy around prevention. An analysis of all publications focused on this subject gave particularly interesting results.
In fact, risk factors and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease have been identified.
The good news is that all are modifiable, meaning that acting on each of these factors could reduce by half the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
6 risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease
- Excess cholesterol in midlife;
But another study points 3 other additional risk factors (1)
5 of protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease
- The Mediterranean diet;
- The folic acid or vitamin B9;
- Low or moderate alcohol consumption;
- Cognitive activities;
- Physical activity.
For example, diabetes increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 39%. Knowing that 6% of the world population is affected by diabetes, the disease is alone responsible for 2% of cases of Alzheimer’s disease.
Another example, physical inactivity increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 82%. If we consider that 18% of the world population is physically inactive, sedentary lifestyle is responsible for 13% of cases of Alzheimer’s disease.
Smoking increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 59%. If we consider that 27% of the population smokes, smoking is responsible for 14% of cases of Alzheimer’s disease.
Finally, knowing that many of these factors are related, act on one of them can simultaneously have a significant impact on others. For example, by acting only on physical inactivity, can simultaneously reduce the risk of obesity, hypertension and diabetes…
You can see that all these factors are modifiable. In other words, we can all take action and protect us from Alzheimer’s disease.
Thus, nearly half of the cases of Alzheimer’s disease could be prevented by modifying these factors.
Recall that in the world, the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease is estimated at 34 million. In USA, the figure is estimated at nearly 1 million. In the current absence of treatment to cure this disease, prevention is a huge challenge.