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How To Reduce The Risk Of Brain Decline

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This is a writeup of an interesting article entitled “Dementia: ‘Brain exercises’ can reduce the risk of brain decline – activities to try”, published by the charity Dementia Australia in NewsNation USA.

YOUR dementia risk can be minimized by exercising the brain, the charity Dementia Australia confirmed. Mentally stimulating activities are said to be “important in maintaining a healthy brain”.

Keeping the brain active is thought to build reserves of healthy brain cells and connections between them.   These reserves of brain cells are thought to delay the onset of dementia.  Brain exercises involve “new learning”, such as reading or listening to the radio.  Other ways to stimulate the brain is to take a course, visit a museum, or learn a new language.

Other brain exercises include:

  • Playing musical instruments
  • Artistic and other hobbies
  • Participation in leisure activities such as sports, hobbies, dancing,
  • gardening, groups, cultural activities and conversation
  • Board games
  • Crosswords
  • Sudoku and other puzzles

As stated by the charity Dementia Australia, research is still ongoing as to whether brain training games and computer programs can reduce the risk of dementia.

However, even for those who have developed dementia already, brain exercises have been shown to slow down the rate of cognitive decline.

Am I at risk of developing dementia?
Dementia UK listed modifiable risk factors for developing dementia, which means you have the power to modify your chance of developing the brain disease.

Modifiable risk factors for dementia

  • High alcohol intake
  • High blood pressure
  • Lack of exercise
  • Low educational attainment
  • Obesity
  • Poor physical health
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking

Leading a healthy lifestyle is evidently one of the best protections against the condition.

When it comes to diabetes, the NHS pointed out that a key way to manage blood sugar levels is to exercise regularly and eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet.

In terms of alcohol consumption, the national health service recommends drinking less than 14 units weekly.   Furthermore, everybody is encouraged to go a few days, every week, without drinking.

YOUR dementia risk can be minimized by exercising the brain, the charity Dementia Australia confirmed.   Mentally stimulating activities are said to be “important in maintaining a healthy brain”.

Am I at risk of developing dementia?
Dementia UK listed modifiable risk factors for developing dementia, which means you have the power to modify your chance of developing the brain disease.

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Click here to read “Dementia: The ‘single most important’ food to reduce your risk of brain decline

It goes without saying that leading a healthy lifestyle is one of the best protections against the condition.

When it comes to managing diabetes, the NHS  that a key way to manage blood sugar levels is to exercise regularly and eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet.

In terms of alcohol consumption, the national health service recommends drinking less than 14 units weekly.  To gain the most health benefits, it would be helpful to become a teetotaler.

Furthermore, everybody is encouraged to go a few days, every week, without drinking.

As far as exercise is concerned, this is considered the holy grail when it comes to managing health conditions.  For instance, plenty of exercise can help to control high blood pressure, prevent obesity, and improve physical health.

Miscellaneous notes that I found while researching the above topics
High blood pressure is a risk factor for dementia.    To prevent dementia, keep your blood pressure in check.   Lower your blood pressure by drinking Hibiscus tea.

Schedule regular health check-ups at the doctor’s clinic.  Regular health check-ups can keep track of your blood pressure, weight, and cholesterol levels.  If you have a long-term condition like diabetes or thyroid problems, it’s important to keep it well managed.

 

Click here to read about more things to do to prevent Alzheimers.

 

We hope you have enjoyed this writeup and that you will want to try the suggestions it contains. Please keep us informed of your impressions and your progress.

 

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“Brain Games For Children”

“Brain Games for Adults”

“Brain Games for Seniors”

“Advanced Brain Training”

“Optimal Brain Health”

 

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