Nearly every senior worries about dementia. But some have an EXTRA reason to live in fear. Those folks who know they’re carrying a genetic mutation that makes them more prone to Alzheimer’s disease.
There’s a good chance they’ve seen a parent, a grandparent, or other close relative suffer from this dreadfully cruel disease. And they’re terrified it’ll happen to them next.
But if you’re in that boat, then you can finally take a deep breath. Because today I’ve got something that can help eliminate that fear factor. New research reveals a way to help turn that risk around.
It’s not complicated. There’s nothing to buy. And there are no drugs to swallow (which don’t work, anyway).
But if you follow this plan closely, you could bring your odds of dementia back down to normal. And that’s true even if you ARE carrying that scary gene.
How to AVOID familial dementia
First, the bad news. The new study confirms what we’ve seen before. Having a close relative with Alzheimer’s dramatically increases your odds of getting the disease by 70 percent.
That’s a tough piece of knowledge to live with. But the study also makes it a whole lot easier by identifying six easy-to-follow lifestyle factors that can help swing the odds right back into your favor.
Here’s the best part. You don’t have to follow ALL six to the letter to get some major benefits.
Now, of course, I encourage you to follow as many as you comfortably can. After all, these ARE healthy habits. So sticking with them can help you in many different ways.
But when it comes to Alzheimer’s, following even SOME of them will still give you at least part of those brain-saving benefits.
6 FACTORS that can slash Alzheimer’s risk
Remarkably, NONE of these powerful Alzheimer’s fighting factors are hard to pull off. In fact, anyone can do them.
There are just half a dozen basic dos and don’ts in the list:
DON’T smoke: This is pretty self-explanatory. And avoiding tobacco won’t just drive down your Alzheimer’s risk. It will also help protect your heart, lungs, and more.
DO sleep in: Aim for between six and nine hours a night.
DON’T drink heavily: You don’t have to quit booze. But limit it to two drinks or less per day for guys or one or less for gals.
DO keep moving: Aim for 150 minutes a week of moderate activity or more. Nothing challenging here. Just going for a brisk 30-minute walk most days will cover it. Trouble getting a move on? Check out my earlier report No sweat tricks to get started (and stick) with exercise.
DON’T eat processed food: Ultra-processed foods are bad for health, including your brain health. Avoid processed meats and grains whenever you can, and eat more fresh fruits and veggies instead.
DO keep an eye on your waistline: Again, you don’t have to be perfect. Nobody is. Just avoiding obesity will lower your Alzheimer’s risk. That means keeping your BMI below 30. If you’re trying to lose a few pounds, these 4 metabolism-boosting foods to turbocharge weight loss can help.
Following all six of these basic healthy habits could help cut your Alzheimer’s risk in HALF even if you’re genetically at risk.
And again, that’s what you want to aim for. But if you can’t pull that off, following even three of these dos and don’ts will still slash those odds by nearly a third.
You might share a lot with your family. But as this new study shows, you DON’T have to share their dementia risk.
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