The Lifestyle Choices You Make Can Help You Reverse Or Prevent Memory Loss

  • May 13, 2021 BY  Anthem Seniors
  • Anthem Senior Advantage

Dementia is a big problem, growing with each passing day. What is worse is that the number of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease- the most common form of dementia- is predicted to triple in the next couple of years. Not to mention, Alzheimer’s disease is the seventh leading cause of death across the globe.

It is true there is no definite cure for Alzheimer’s or dementia, but this is preventable, it can be reversed or prevented. According to a new research, the molecule (amyloids) in the brain that brings about Alzheimer’s disease can possibly be removed with early recognition, ending in the reversal of dementia symptoms. If memory loss is interfering with your daily life, without further ado just get yourself or your loved one screened for Alzheimer’s disease. The earlier it is identified, the better outcome for the individual through treatments that remove that amyloid (50-75 percent) from the brain.

Dementia is progressive, the condition will worsen with each passing day necessitating Anthem assisted living care where they will live a mostly independent lifestyle, but could use assistance with day-to-day activities to live a full life.

According to studies, the lifestyle and behavior choices you make in terms of dietary changes, brain stimulation, etc. can be instrumental in reversing or preventing memory loss. Here are some of the steps (mainly lifestyle choices) to reverse dementia:

  1. Diabetes is a major risk factor of dementia making it four times likely for people with diabetes to develop dementia that people who aren’t diabetic. Individuals with pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome are at a greater risk for having pre-dementia or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). This makes it extremely important to keep your blood sugar levels under control, and a whole-foods, low-glycemic diet can help you achieve it efficiently. Your diet should comprise healthy fats like omega-3 fats found in wild fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel etc, avocados, walnuts, almonds, grass-fed meats, pastured chicken and eggs, olive and coconut oil, while limiting intake of (or completely avoiding) refined sugar and carbs, alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, dairy, and vegetable and seed oils that are inflammatory. The healthy fats will keep your brain in good shape.
  2. Exercise regularly, even a 30-minute walk daily can be highly beneficial. Doing a physical activity daily is known to prevent and even slow down the advancement of cognitive decline and brain diseases like dementia.
  3. Manage your stress well, since chronic stress can wreak havoc on your body and brain. Deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can help you.
  4. Receive adequate sleep of at least 8 hours every night, since poor sleep is a contributor to cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
  5. Taking a supplement, of course in consultation with your doctor, can help.

Implementing these tips and staying adherent to these tips can do your brain a world of good in terms of giving it an opportunity to heal, recover, and experience lesser memory issues. Even if you are not going through cognitive decline, the aforementioned tips can prevent brain aging. At the end of the day like the rest of the body the brain responds to all the same insults, which are poor diet, lack of physical activity, stress, nutritional deficiencies, inadequate sleep, etc. Adopting healthy lifestyle measures is the best way forward.