High risk for Alzheimer’s disease may mean new diet, more exercise

Alan Wu

May 5, 2011

When it comes to preventing Alzheimer's disease, there is a wealth of research that details tiny steps that can be taken. Some scientists have lauded brain fitness as a way to keep the mind sharp, while others focus on genetic factors.

Neurologist Richard Isaacson has a more holistic approach – diet and exercise, according to NBC news affiliate WHEC. When the University of Miami doctor receives a new patient with Alzheimer's to treat, he immediately puts them on a diet and tries to develop a healthy fitness program.

He encourages those who are at high risk for the condition to do the same. Carbohydrates and sugars are the first ingredients to go.

"Carbohydrates that have a high glycemic index, meaning your pancreas is going to secrete that insulin. Insulin may cause inflammation in the tissues and especially in the brain," he told the news provider.

Families caring for an Alzheimer's patient may also want to consider installing a medical alert system in a home, because this device can allow users to instantly send a personal emergency response message if they require assistance.

Other innovative devices can be used to keep track of medications, so that older adults are reminded whenever they have to take a dose.  

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