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Risk Factors: reducing risk

Lower Your Risk

Visit the Alzheimer's Association for the latest information on risk factors you may be able to influence.

There are no magic bullets for avoiding Alzheimer's disease. Even the most cautious, health-conscious individual is susceptible. However, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of getting the disease or potentially delay its onset.

Photo of someone exercising Get moving: exercise

There is significant evidence that regular physical exercise is important for your brain’s health. In fact, researchers say that exercise may help to rid the brain of amyloid-beta, the substance that creates plaques in the brain. While there is no guarantee that exercise will stave off Alzheimer's, protecting against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and head trauma is an important way to reduce your risk of neurological disorders and to protect your brain's health.

Photo of a saldYour mother was right: Eat your vegetables

Plenty of fresh fruits, dark leafy veggies and whole grains will help you get enough folic acid, antioxidants and vitamins B6, B12, C & E. Eat foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, such as fish, walnuts and flaxseed. Avoid excessive alcohol and fat.

Photo of a crossword puzzleKeep your mind active

Take classes, read books, take music lessons. The more education the better. Stay in touch with friends. Socializing is fun and beneficial! And, challenge yourself. Mind games like crossword puzzles help keep your brain in tip-top shape.