GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. Many people know all too well the destruction and sadness it can cause a person and family. September 21st is National Alzheimer’s Day, thannks to alz.org and prevention.com, we have put together a list of surprising facts, prevention tips, and how you can help right here in West Michigan:
5 Shocking facts about Alzheimer’s Disease:
- Every 67 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s.
- Right now, there are 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s right now.
- Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more people than breast and prostate cancer combined.
- In 2014, 15.7 million family and friends provided 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. This care is valued at $217.7 billion.
- 2 out of 3 of people living with Alzheimer’s disease are women.
Eat more fruits and veggies, especially berries. Why berries? They contain high levels of biologically active components, including a class of compounds called anthocyanosides, which fight memory impairment associated with free radicals and beta-amyloid plaques in the brain.
Increase Omega 3 fatty acids. How? Fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna are known to be the highest in Omega 3’s. You can incorporate even more healthy fats with items like, peanut butter, eggs, kale, and flax.
Supply your body with folic acid. High levels of homocysteine may be associated with poor cognitive function. Some findings indicate that reducing homocysteine with folic acid may increase cognitive function. You can take a folic acid supplement or eat foods like spinach, turnip greens, asparagus, and beets that are high in folate.
Keep whining. Drinking a glass of wine or grape juice with meals can actually be good for you! Components in grape skins protect brain cells from the toxic effect of oxidative stress and beta amyloid.
Control your blood pressure. Hypertension appears to be associated with an increased risk of both vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Stay active socially. Findings have shown that an active social life and strong network of friends may help prevent Alzheimer’s in later life.