You know I’m a big fan of making healthier lifestyle choices—and not just nutritional ones, either. Whether it’s regular exercise or better sleep hygiene, targeted changes have so much potential to truly transform your life.
And a lot of times, they do it in ways that may not seem so obvious on the surface.
For instance, memory is a key concern of aging—yet so many people don’t think of it as the physical problem it often is. But guess what? Lifestyle is more powerful in this department than you may have ever imagined…
Five essential factors
A new study has shown that adopting just five healthy lifestyle choices could slash your risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia by as much as 60 percent.
This review looked at two different study populations—the Chicago Health and Aging Project (CHAP) and the Memory and Aging Project (MAP)—for a total of nearly 3,000 subjects.
Researchers assigned healthy lifestyle scores from zero to five, based on five different factors:
- Not smoking
- 150 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous exercise weekly
- Light to moderate drinking (up to one drink daily for women, two for men)
- A high-quality Mediterranean diet
- Late-life cognitive activities (like reading, crossword puzzles, and board games)
Median follow-up was around six years in both groups—and it showed that rates of dementia decreased as the number of healthy lifestyle behaviors increased. In fact, Alzheimer’s risk dropped with every additional healthy behavior.
It’s never too late to start
The most impressive part of this study is just how perfectly it illustrates the simple fact that every little bit counts.
People with two or three healthy lifestyle habits enjoyed a 37 percent lower risk than their peers who engaged in only one or none of these behaviors. Meanwhile, subjects with four or five of these healthy habits benefited from a 60 percent lower risk of dementia.
And I’ll say it again: That’s better protection than any medication can currently provide.
Best of all, these are all things that you can do at home. If you currently only engage in one of these behaviors, it’s never too late to start engaging in another.
And from there, try something else… and then something else… until next thing you know, you have an entire set of new lifesaving habits.
Consider this your semi-regular reminder that you are in control of your future and destiny. Your memory is no exception… and it’s never too late to start making better choices, starting today.
That’s also why I created my Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment Plan. So if you or someone you love is looking for step-by-step guidance on how to put these solutions to use in your daily life, look no further—and consider enrolling today.
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“Five Healthy Lifestyle Choices Tied to Dramatic Cut in Dementia Risk.” Medscape Medical News, 06/22/2020. (medscape.com/viewarticle/932704)