CogniFit's Science blog: A Brief Look Into Alzheimer’s Disease

A Brief Look Into Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease affects one’s memory and behavior in an uncontrollable way.

People that have this condition have problems remembering faces and names, places they have been and seen, and sometimes can’t even recognize their own family. Alzheimer’s is often the end result of another disease called dementia.

Alzheimer’s Disease Risk Factors:
There are many things that can put you at risk to obtain this disease. The most obvious is the age factor. As we age, we all have a higher risk of getting Alzheimer’s. Keep in mind though that not everyone who ages ends up developing this disease.

Another obvious factor that puts you at risk is if your family has a history of Alzheimer’s disease. If you aren’t sure about your family’s medical history past, you may want to find out so you can use preventative methods to try and halt if from ever occurring if your family has a history of Alzheimer’s.

Another less common risk that many people aren’t so aware of is that Alzheimer’s can be triggered by a history of concussions or trauma to the head. Many ex-professional football players and boxers that have had repeated head injuries are more prone to severe Alzheimer’s later on in life.

Even stress and severe depression may put you at higher risk for this disease. Since constant stress can deteriorate good cells that fight off disease causing cells, your risk of getting Alzheimer’s and or dementia is much greater than someone who has little stress or someone that can manage their stress much better.

Preventative Measures:
If you feel that you are at risk of picking up this disease at some point in your life, there are many things that you can do to try and slow it down, keep it at a minimum, or prevent it altogether. Here are a few methods worth looking into.
- Use challenging and personalized brain fitness games to train your mind each day. Your brain functions much like a muscle and the more active it is, the less likely you will be to develop brain diseases later on down the road.
- Exercise and eat healthy whole foods, fruits and vegetables.
- Plenty of good rest and at least 8 hours of sleep each night.

These are just a few measures you can use to try and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. As always with any sickness or disability, seek the advice of a trained medical doctor for more information.