With the general term “dementia” we refer to more than one disease related to neuron cells degeneration but have several features in common, such as loss of memory. Most of those diseases affect the elderly. Alzheimer’s disease is the most known of all and unfortunately, rapidly growing. In the year 2006, a number of 25.6 million people were diagnosed with Alzheimer and it is expected to quadruple by 2050. Sadly, we all know it is an incurable disease that leads to death. Although a century passed since the German doctor Alzheimer discovered it, no treatment has been found yet, even more, it is still difficult to diagnose.
You now wonder what does exercise have to do with dementia?
Since 2008, there have been hundreds of studies for the treatment of Alzheimer’s. They are optimistic and already proposing several possible treatments, but they still need time to prove its success. Meanwhile, efforts were made to highlight some suggestions to prevent illness after suspecting some causes and risk factors that lead to it. Research was able to conclude that decreasing the risk factors can achieve delay or minimize the appearing of the disease.
Besides heredity, there are several risk factors that contribute to the onset of the diseases that have to do with enzymes or protein deficiencies, and other disorders that are difficult to understand. However, Alzheimer’s disease has been associated with many cardiovascular risk factors (hypertension, elevated cholesterol, obesity, and smoking) with these, it is obvious that exercise can play an important role in preventing them which reflects on minimizing the chances to have Alzheimer.
Moreover, a well-enriched diet can cover possible deficiencies of enzymes, proteins and antioxidants that our body produces. Conclusion: prevention of dementia, as recommended by experts “focus on lifelong exercise, good balanced diet and the constant mental stimulation”