Scientists from The Children’s Memorial Health Institute of Warsaw found that a healthy food pyramid and physical and mental activity may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Aging is the biggest risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which is an increasingly social, economic, and medical problem.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. An estimated 6.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
It is the fifth leading cause of death for adults aged 65 and older, and the seventh leading cause of death for all adults.
Alzheimer’s disease involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language, and, over time, can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.
Although the cause is still unknown, scientists are learning more every day about Alzheimer’s disease and what can be done to reduce your risk and manage this fatal illness.
Diet and physical activity are now considered important methods that help prevent or delay the development of AD and other dementia-related diseases.
In the current study, researchers reviewed how the pyramid of healthy nutrition and lifestyle can give people a chance for proper development and long healthy life.
The basis of the pyramid, in the first place, is physical activity.
The researchers’ review of the literature in the PubMed database supports the hypothesis that complementary factors, such as proper diet, physical exercise, and mental activity, positively impact the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases.
The nutritional recommendations for healthy adults primarily include the consumption of vegetables, fruits, cereals, legumes, vegetable oils, and fish.
The team suggests the introduction of Mediterranean and Asian diets may reduce the risk of the neurodegenerative diseases associated with dementia. In contrast, dairy products and meat-the main sources of L-carnitine-should be consumed in moderate amounts.
The review provides up-to-date knowledge about the appropriate dietary model and healthy lifestyle elements and their impact on good health and the long life of people.
The research was published in Nutrients and conducted by Alina Kępka et al.
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