Dr. Ruderman: Five lifestyle behaviors that can help fight off Alzheimer’s

(KUSI) – There’s no cure for or drug to stop Alzheimer’s disease, but it may be possible to hold off dementia, according to researchers at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

The key is not any one factor, several studies show, but following a combination of healthy lifestyle habits. And the more healthy habits a person adopts, the lower the risk of cognitive decline.

The Rush study analyzed data from 1,845 participants in the Chicago Health and Aging Project and 920 from the Rush Memory and Aging Project who had no dementia at the start. Participants were given lifestyle scores that depended on how many of five possible healthy behaviors they subscribed to:

  • not smoking
  • exercising at a moderate to vigorous level for at least 150 minutes a week
  • consuming a brain supporting diet
  • light-to-moderate alcohol consumption
  • engaging in late-life cognitive activities

Dr. Ruderman with the Ximed Medical Group joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the recent report.

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