The exact cause of Alzheimer’s remains elusive, but that doesn’t mean we’re helpless to prevent it.

The best news is that we can easily start to integrate the following Alzheimer’s prevention techniques today.

Diet choices

Tavel tells SheKnows that our food intake, as exemplified by the Mediterranean diet and other similar diets, can be an effective prevention technique.

Regular exercise

Dr. Verna R. Porter, neurologist and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Program at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, tells SheKnows that regular physical exercise can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 50 percent.

Social engagement

“Staying socially engaged may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in later life,” Porter tells SheKnows. “Maintaining a strong network of family and friends is very important. Regularly connecting with others, face-to-face, is important.”

Mental stimulation

Tavel tells SheKnows that active mental stimulation can play an important role in preventing or delaying Alzheimer’s. He recommends activities like card games, crossword puzzles and challenging reading.

Quality sleep

People with Alzheimer’s frequently suffer from insomnia and other sleep disturbances, Porter explains. “Research studies have linked poor sleep to higher levels of beta-amyloid depositions in the brain,” she says.” Beta-amyloid is a pathological hallmark of the disease and is essentially a sticky ‘brain-clogging protein’ that in turn interferes with brain function and with sleep — especially with the deep REM sleep necessary for memory formation.”

Stress management

Finding healthy ways to manage stress is invaluable in myriad ways, and Alzheimer’s prevention is one of them. Porter tells SheKnows that chronic or persistent stress can lead to nerve decline, and this may manifest as atrophy of important memory areas in the brain.

Medical reference: yahoolife