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Alzheimer’s disease (AD), also known as Alzheimer disease, or just Alzheimer’s, accounts for 60% to 70% of cases of dementia. It is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gets worse over time. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events (short-term memory loss).
As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation (including easily getting lost), mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self-care, and behavioral issues.As a person’s condition declines, they often withdraw from family and society.
Gradually, bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death. Although the speed of progression can vary, the average life expectancy following diagnosis is three to nine years.
Myths about Alzheimer’s disease:
1. Alzheimer’s happens only to older people
2. Alzheimer’s symptoms are a normal part of aging
3. Alzheimer’s doesn’t lead to death
4. There are treatments that stop the disease from getting worse
5. Alzheimer’s is caused by aluminum, flu shots, silver fillings, or aspartame
6. Dietary supplements protect the brain
7. Alzheimer’s is all about genetics
The seven guidelines to reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease are:
1. Minimize your intake of saturated fats and trans fats
2. Eat plant-based foods
3. Consume 15 milligrams of vitamin E, from foods, each day
4. Take a B12 supplement
5. Avoid vitamins with iron and copper
6. Choose aluminum-free products
7. Exercise for 120 minutes each week
Brain-Friendly Foods: Green leafy vegetables, Nuts, Berries, Beans, Whole grains, Fish, Poultry and Olive oil