A healthy diet can reduce Alzheimer’s risk


May 9, 2011

While research has indicated everything from lifestyle choices, exercise and family history can have an effect on one's Alzheimer's risk, there is less emphasis put on maintaining the right diet. However, indulging in the right foods can be an important way to protect against the disease in the future. 

Hampton Roads reports that eating more "brain food" should become a priority. These are dishes without trans and unsaturated fats or refined sugar, items that have high levels of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Blueberries, almonds, walnuts, fish, chicken and olive oil offer some of these valuable nutrients.

One should also try to have a balanced diet, without stocking up on carbohydrate-heavy or fatty foods. The news source suggests eating 40 percent lean protein, 40 percent carbohydrates and legumes, and 20 percent healthy fats.

Those who are worried about their risk for Alzheimer's disease may also want to consider installing a personal emergency response system at home, because this device allows one to immediately send a medical alert to a call center if assistance is required.

The Alzheimer's Association estimates that the condition will affect the baby boomer generation severely – with one of out of every eight boomers suffering from Alzheimer's disease in the future.