At present there are no preventative measures that will give you 100% protection from developing AD. There are however, some guidelines for keeping your brain healthy and memory sharp in order to reduce risk of developing dementia. Research has shown that one of the most effective things you can do to help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease is to participate in regular physical activity. Half an hour of moderate intensity activity on most days of the week, such as a brisk walk, can have significant protective effects. Other recommendations include;
● Avoiding harmful substances such as excessive drinking or drug abuse
● Challenging yourself by keeping mentally active and learning new skills
● Relaxing and making sure you get adequate sleep
● Eating a well-balanced diet
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