According to a new study, living healthy may help to prevent Alzheimer’s. Marilynn Marchione’s Associated Press article, “Study: Healthy living can help prevent Alzheimer’s” summarizes a study presented yesterday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in France. “Seven conditions or behaviors account for up to half of the 35 million cases of Alzheimer’s around the world, it found.”
“The study used a mathematical model to estimate the impact of top modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease: smoking, depression, low education, diabetes, too little exercise, and obesity and high blood pressure in mid-life.” Study
Let’s start working on our health: physical as well as mental. You know the rules:
If you smoke, stop. Easy for me to say, I know. But the way you get off this planet may depend on it.
If you struggle from depression, seek help.
Continue to use your mind your whole life. Continue to learn. Read something challenging, learn something new. Don’t stop.
If you have diabetes take the most positive steps you can to get keep your blood sugar levels under control. You know what they are.
Starting today, get moving. Get up and walk to the corner. Play a favorite song from your high school days and dance in your living room. Dance in your kitchen. Just dance. Do one thing, even one small thing today that is more physically active than you did yesterday. Do that everyday, one more little thing.
Get your weight under control and keep it there. You know what is bad and what is good for your body. Start taking care of it.
You may think high blood pressure is something you can’t control, but I believe you can. If you don’t know, get yours checked. Find out how to reduce or manage the stress in your life.
This morning I walked 1.4 miles at the Voice of America Park. It wasn’t much. But it was 1.4 miles more than I walked yesterday.
I don’t have to sit here at my computer desk helplessly bemoaning the fact that I may get Alzheimer’s. Neither do you.
The day to begin is today.