You can avoid Alzheimer’s later in life by doing two easy things right now. Having the right diet is important not only for prevention, but for other things too. It will help avoid getting bad illnesses later in life. Physical activity and diet are some of the most important things you can do in your life.
- Exercise and healthy eating may ward off Alzheimer’s disease, research from UCLA suggests.
- In the study, people who ate a Mediterranean diet—rich in fish, lots of vegetables, and healthy fats—and reported at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week had lower levels of brain plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s than those who didn’t hit those benchmarks.
- Physical activity, particularly aerobic, improves blood flow to the brain, decreases systemic inflammation that can damage brain health, and creates more connections between brain cells.
Exercise also promotes the survival of brain cells—and that’s crucial as you age, since Alzheimer’s is characterized by progressive death of those cells.