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The New England Journal of Medicine It reflects the percentage of people with Alzheimer’s disease is going down. That’s good news for people. Ironically, better health means more elderly. Consequently, there is a greater total number of people with Alzheimer’s disease, even as you lower the percentage. Find out what this means for you and 6 ways to stay healthy.
the authors examined five recent studies suggesting a decrease in the prevalence of dementia, which demonstrate positive improvements in levels of education, health and lifestyle trend.
“We are very encouraged to see a growing number of studies worldwide suggest that the risk of dementia may be falling due to the increased level of education and better prevention and treatment of cardiovascular risk factors more important, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, “says co -author Kenneth Langa, MD, Ph.D., professor of internal medicine at the medical School and UM researcher at the Center for clinical research management (CCAM), VA Health System in Ann Arbor.
“Our findings suggest that even if we do not find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, there are social and lifestyle that can address to reduce our risk factors.”
the authors also include Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, executive director of group health research Institute and health group vice president of research; Kristine Yaffe and, M.D., professor of psychiatry, neurology and epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. Larson is also an adjunct professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Public Health
The authors point to two key factors that may explain the decreased risk of dementia in recent decades :. People are completing more years of school, which helps the brain to fight dementia; and there is more awareness and focus on the prevention of heart disease, another major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
“The increasing number of older adults in the US and around the world means that we will undoubtedly see significant growth in the number of people with dementia, however, the good news is they seem to be living longer without experiencing “says Langa, who is also a member of the Institute of Social Research, Institute of Gerontology and the Institute for Health Policy and Innovation.
“We are seeing a positive trend that suggests that improving our physical and mental health go hand in hand to combat this devastating disease.”
in 2008, Langa and Larson reported one of the first studies suggesting a decrease in rates of dementia in the United States, using information from the Health and Retirement Study. They found that lower follow-up education and improved health care and lifestyle. Since then, several studies in Europe have confirmed this trend -. And the reasons behind it
Other research has also shown that other risk factors include early decline and continuing education, physical activity, retiring later educated parents (especially an educated mother), maintenance social activities and getting treatment for depression.
In the blog of Dr. Langa, some of the other factors that can delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease include:
• the cardiovascular risk what is good for the heart is good for the brain. The control of risk factors that contribute to heart disease, such as:
• Education: early education of life seems important in reducing the risk, like keep your mind active and learning new throughout adulthood things, and even in old age. It was previously thought that the brain could not be changed later in life, but the latest research suggests that the brain remains “plastic” and exercise your brain can lead to cells healthier brain and more connections between cells.
• physical activity: one more reason to make exercise a priority. Movement and maintain a healthy weight appear to influence the health of your brain too
• Keep your day job: .. Retiring from his job later in life can also keep active and healthy brain and
• treatment of depression: a depressed mood can increase the risk of having problems thinking and cognitive impairment, so seeking help for depression can be important, both to address depressed mood itself and possibly to reduce future risk of dementia
• Social life :. Playing cards, talking with friends, join a book club, and go to religious services can keep your brain healthy by increasing social interactions and “exercise” your brain more than you would by being alone
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