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Alzheimer’s disease is a real threat to Western societies as life expectancy increases. Recent studies have shown that women appear to be at greater risk than men. Knowing that there is currently no truly effective treatment to contain the disease, prevention is absolutely essential.

Here are 10 actions you should implement in your life to prevent this dementia from occurring.

Do sports regularly. In general, for good health, specialists recommend about 150 minutes of physical activity per week, such as: B. Walk. Physical activity increases blood flow to the brain. Watch out for certain medications. More and more studies are showing that commonly used medications can increase the risk of dementia. Taking benzodiazepines (drugs commonly used to treat anxiety and insomnia) for more than 3 months increased the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 51%. Try to socialize as much as possible, especially when you are no longer working. A few ideas: join a club (e.g. games, hiking, sports, reading, etc.), take classes (e.g. language, etc.), if you belong to a religion, take an active part in your community, travel with your friends, family or on an organized trip. Socializing improves some important brain functions. For a heavy smoker between the ages of 50 and 60, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s is twice as high as for a non-smoker. Tobacco increases the risk of inflammation in the brain. Watch your blood pressure. High blood pressure is an important risk factor for Alzheimer’s. It is therefore important to measure blood pressure regularly and to keep it within the normal range. Lack of sleep can encourage the buildup of abnormal proteins in the brain called plaques. Learn a new language. Speaking more than one language is a great way to improve memory. If you already speak a language other than your mother tongue, try to maintain that language’s level, for example by reading news sites (in English e.g. New York Times,, Wall Street Journal, etc.) or watching videos (e.g. Youtube). With the internet it is now very easy to learn a language and maintain its level at low cost. Play smart games. Games like sudoku, crosswords or other brain games are good ways to delay dementia. Wear a helmet. Wear a helmet when biking, skiing, or other violent sports. Headshocks increase risk of Alzheimer’s Find a hobby. A hobby helps you stay mentally active. Gardening is highly recommended. If possible, find a group hobby, like a hiking or travel club. * Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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