A conversation I recently had with a friend, prompted me to research Alzheimer's Disease and if anything could have done to prevent or cure it. As I am no longer a 'Spring Chicken' myself, the fear of contracting something that will take away my love of and ability with words is a devastating one. While all the information available online, I came after the following report. Our health is of vital importance to all of us and so I thought to pass on some of what I learned.
“A UCLA study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found that the Mediterranean diet is one of the main lifestyle factors that seems to keep the brain from developing the toxic plaques and tangles associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease.
Plaque is characterized by deposits of a toxic protein called beta-amyloid in the spaces between nerve cells in the brain. Think of tangles of knotted threads of the tau protein found within brain cells. Both are considered key indicators of Alzheimer's. ”
It seems we hear of more and more people succumbing to this awful disease. I will certainly do everything I can to prevent falling victim to it. Something else in the report, reminded us that our quest for good health these days was a concern for Hippocrates who knew the importance of food in treating the body even back in 400 BC when he advised people to prevent and treat diseases first and foremost by eating nutrient-packed foods. That is 2,400 years ago and it looks modern science is only now beginning to catch up.
One of the solutions offered was that the food staples in the diet ate in the Mediterranean, such as leafy greens like spinach and kale, non starchy veggies like cauliflower, eggplant, tomatoes, plus olive oil and many other items that many of us know about already, especially if we have looked at this food regimen at some stage, can have a very positive result. Most of us like things like hummus, salads, eggs and cheese, even red meat. It even mentioned that a glass of red wine could be beneficial.
Another part of the prevention / delayed spot option is exercise, which is considered a potent Alzheimer's preventer. As that report also noted, people who were physically active on a regular basis have a much lower risk of developing the disease. Even people who are physically challenged in some way or other can, with a little help and good advice, become more active.
It does not take too much, when you look at all the information available, to realize that you have the ability to prevent such a dreadful disease affecting those around you.
I wonder how many of us has ever been advised by their medical advisers that this healthy diet and regular exercise period can actually help prevent, or at the very least delay, the onset of such a disease as Alzheimer's, that will cause so much misery, not only for the family dealing with the effects, but to any one of us who contracts the disease.
Just the research I have undertaken myself has cemented my decision to change my own eating routine and make sure I exercise every day, even if it's only a walk.
There are so many health issues surrounding us today, I believe it is up to us to make sure we do everything we can to keep ourselves fit and healthy.