There are some 44 million people all over the globe that suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, according to data from the Alzheimer’s Association. That number could increase to 115 million by 2050.
There has been research all over the world on this disease and here is a list of things that you probably don’t know about Alzheimer’s:
• High Blood Pressure can be very lethal, but according to a University of California study, hypertension can protect the brain against dementia among people who are 90 years old and above. However, this does not mean hypertension is good for elders, because it may cause other bad health effects.
• Even when you are already in your 60s or 70s, a lifestyle change can drastically improve your chance of delaying Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments. The lifestyle change includes physical exercise, nutrition management, heart health risk management, social activities and physical exercise.
• People in their 40s and 50s who loves to play checkers, crossword puzzles, cards and other games ten to have bigger brains compared to those who don’t. This can help improve the cognitive health of a person, decreasing the risk for Alzheimer’s.
• According to Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, exercise can affect the development of dementia and cognitive impairment. Exercising may not totally prevent Alzheimer’s disease from occurring, but it can definitely lower the risk of getting this health condition.
• A smell test may help determine if you will develop Alzheimer’s disease or not in the future. Scientists found out that if you have problems determining certain odors, you have a higher risk of developing cognitive impairment. According to researchers, the brain cells needed for the sense of smell are killed during dementia’s early stages. These findings could help doctors develop a smell test to determine the risk of dementia among patients.