like mother said
you'd rather not get Alzheimer's disease in the first place, some hope
is emerging from new research. While genes play a major role -- having
a close relative with the disease is a definite risk factor, rolling over
and playing dead is a poor solution, since it's starting
to seem that lifestyle decisions -- which involve nothing more dangerous
than following your mother's good advice -- can make a real difference.
active. Research reported this spring to the American Academy of Neurology
showed that higher levels of intellectual and/or physical activity --everything
from playing board games and musical instruments to exercising and gardening
-- seem to ward off Alzheimer's disease. "People who were less active
were more than three times more likely to have Alzheimer's disease as
compared to those who were more active," said study author Robert Friedland,
a neurologist at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Unfortunately, watching TV did not qualify as the kind of "activity" that
seemed to ward off the dreaded disease, and they apparently didn't ask
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healthy. Findings reported at the World Alzheimer Congress 2000 suggest
that eating lots of vegetables, vitamin E, and vitamin C lowers the
risk of Alzheimer's disease and a related dementia. Scientists from
Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands recorded the dietary habits
of 5,395 men and women aged 55 and over who had no dementia. During
the six-year follow-up, 146 participants developed Alzheimer's disease
and 29 developed vascular dementia. On average, people who remained
free from both dementias had consumed higher amounts of beta-carotene,
vitamin C, vitamin E and vegetables than people who developed Alzheimer's.
gobble fat. Grace Petot at Case Western
Reserve University School of Medicine analyzed the relationship between
diet and Alzheimer's disease in 304 American men and women who have
a common mutation to the ApoE-E4 gene (this mutation affects the storage
and transportation of cholesterol, and seems to predispose people to
Alzheimer's). Among this middle-aged population, eating a high fat diet
produced a seven-fold increase in the memory-destroying disease. Want
educated. A Swedish study of twins found that education may protect
against Alzheimer's disease, according to research reported at the World
Alzheimer's Congress 2000. "The theory is that cognitive reserve-greater
levels of which might be marked by educational achievement -- may act
as a cushion against intellectual impairment," said lead researcher
Margaret Gatz, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Southern
California, Los Angeles.
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