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By Jennifer Lynn October 22, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Last week, we reviewed the basics of Alzheimer's disease prevention: exercise, eating right, staying active and taking supplements. Additionally, managing diabetes can help reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease. Here are some more health tips:

Learn Stress Management

It is important to find ways to cope with stress. Take a course on stress management or read a book. Learning deep-breathing exercises can help you relax and fight the damaging effects of stress on the brain. As seen on the Dr. Oz show, one technique called 7-7-7: Breath in for seven seconds, hold for seven seconds and then exhale for seven seconds.

Getting all worked up or experiencing the fight-or-flight reaction to stressful life events can release damaging brain chemicals. According to Alzheimer’s prevention research, “Cortisol, in excess, damages the cells in the memory center of your brain. It stops glucose from entering your brain cells. It blocks your neurotransmitter function and causes brain cells to become injured”

Socialize and Stay Active

Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease involves getting out of the house, socializing or engaging with the community: “Compelling research suggests seniors who spend most of their time in their immediate home environment are almost twice as likely to develop AD compared to those who travel more.”

Get Quality Sleep

Sleep problems are linked with Alzheimer’s disease; those with existing Alzheimer’s disease often have sleep disturbances. It isn’t so much the amount of time spent in bed, but lack of sleep quality such as less dream time. Additionally, a study shows that those who woke up five or more times an hour are more likely to have amyloid plaques, a marker of Alzheimer’s disease.

Take DHA Supplements

DHA supplements help promote brain and eye health. DHA is the major fatty acid of the brain cells and the retina area of the eye. Research links low DHA levels with Alzheimer's disease. Those with the lower levels of DHA were twice as likely to have Alzheimer's disease. In fact, low levels of DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, may mean that you are 67% more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease in the next ten years.

Last but not least, don't forget to challenge your brain. Finding hobbies and activities helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease: “Some examples of fantastic, brain-building mental exercises include reading, writing, playing board games and doing crossword puzzles.”

Res-Q Supplements

Res-Q Calamarine is a high-DHA formula that supports brain function. The Res-Q omega-3 supplement has 60 high-potency capsules per bottle and is intended to supplement the diet. Take one or two capsules everyday to promote good health and wellness.

References:

5-Step Alzheimer's Prevention Plan

The 4 Pillars of Alzheimer's Prevention

Alzheimer's Disease Prevention

Bad Sleep Linked to Alzheimer's 

Low serum docosahexaenoic acid is a significant risk factor for alzheimer’s dementia

 

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