9 Ways to Minimize Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

We’re all familiar with Alzheimer’s disease — it’s the disease that robs us of our loved ones and robs the ones we love of their experiences. But do we actually know what can cause it and what the risks are? Is there something we can do to minimize the risk of developing Alzheimer's? According to prevention.com, nine factors have been identified that could help minimize the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease later in life: 1. Obesity Being very overweight, particularly when you're middle-aged, is a risk for Alzheimer's disease. Keeping your weight at a healthy level will decrease your risk. Researchers are not yet sure if it's diet (e.g., processed foods) that increases the risk of Alzheimer's or the extra weight itself. 2. Being Underweight Just as being overweight will increase your risk of Alzheimer's disease, so will being underweight. Some researchers think that frailty could be an early symptom of Alzheimer's, so maintain a healthy body weight and exercise to improve bone and muscle strength. MORE:  10 things you should know about Alzheimer's disease 3. Carotid Artery Disease Carotid artery disease is a build-up of plaque in the carotid arteries, which are located in the neck. Blood flow to the brain through these arteries becomes more difficult if they become restricted. To avoid this, quit smoking, take up exercise, keep your blood pressure in check and lower your cholesterol level. 4. High Blood Pressure High blood pressure is a precursor of many diseases and health conditions, and researchers believe Alzheimer's disease is one of them. Keep your blood pressure down by eating well, exercising and cutting back on salt. 5. Low Education Levels Alzheimer's disease has been linked to lower levels of education. While you obviou
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