Previously I told you about exciting research that showed, for the first time, how probiotics can improve cognitive function among patients with severe dementia.
Let’s face it, since there is still no “magic bullet” to treat this debilitating disease, taking preventative measures seems to be the only way forward. If balancing your gut bacteria with a probiotic supplement may help preserve your precious memories, it’s certainly worth a shot.
But there’s more you can do. Because a new study shows that making three very simple lifestyle changes can significantly slash your risk from developing dementia.
It’s as easy as one, two, three
According to the results of the study, published in The Lancet, protecting your hearing and snuffing out cigarettes are the two most important things you can do to help keep your brain healthy.
The research team consisted of 24 international dementia experts, who hypothesised that better hearing leads to greater brain stimulation. So, protect your hearing by avoiding loud noises and by wearing earplugs in noisy places. In addition, steer clear of powerful painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol because these have been shown to contribute to hearing impairment or loss.
Quitting smoking is a no-brainer. Those horrible cancer sticks are filled with neurotoxins that damage your brain. So, if you are still puffing away on cigarettes, do whatever you can to quit. Most people have great success in kicking the habit by simply going cold-turkey.
Finally, addressing obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes will also lower your risk of cognitive decline. Eliminate grains, all forms of sugar, processed food and junk food, then switch to fresh and organic whole foods. This will help you shed those extra pounds while keeping your blood pressure and blood sugar levels in check.
I’ll also add that, if you are physically inactive, taking a group exercise class at your local gym will help you work up a sweat to drop those extra pounds, and introduce you to a whole new group of potential friends – addressing two additional dementia risk factors, social isolation and depression.
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Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.
Targeting 9 Risk Factors Could Prevent 1 in 3 Dementia Cases: Study, medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_167329.html
Living Healthily, Learning More Could Cut Dementia Cases by a Third, newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/healthy-living-learning-cut/2017/07/20/id/802740/
Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care, thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2817%2931363-6/fulltext