Alzheimer’s disease may be one of the most dreaded conditions of old age, but the fact is that there is frighteningly little we know about its causes and perhaps even less about its cure. However we understand more about this degenerative brain disease now than ever before, and according to researchers, there are three main Alzheimer’s causes –
The buildup of certain proteins in the brain is known to be one of the Alzheimer’s causes. In the brain, plaque can build up due to the depositing of the protein beta-amyloid that tends to gather in the space between nerve cells.
It is thought that these plaques and tangles in the brain interfere with the ability of the nerves to communicate, and cause them to die.
Age is the single most important of Alzheimer’s causes, because the risk of developing this disease is seen to increase proportionately with age. Whereas one in 8 people over 65 may have Alzheimer’s, half of those over the age of 85 may have the condition.
One of the important Alzheimer’s causes is thought to be one’s genetic predisposition – having a parent or a sibling with Alzheimer’s greatly increases a person’s risk of having the disease. The more the number of people in the family with a history of Alzheimer’s, the higher the chances that one will have Alzheimer’s, so clearly there is a genetic element when one speaks of causes of Alzheimer.
Whatever are causes, it is possible to do certain things and make some lifestyle changes to prevent or at least delay the onset of this deadly disease –
- Control LDL (Low Density Lipoprotiens) and bring in within the normal range. This is good not only for your heart but also for your brain. High Cholesterol is an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s if not one of the Alzheimer’s causes. It may be a warning sign that appears several years before onset of the actual disease and this provides enough time to get it in control.
- Maintaining good eyesight or vision is also known to reduce your risk. Our eyes tend to reflect and influence the functioning of the brain, as we age. So researchers’ advice getting regular eye screenings performed taking corrective measures rather than tolerating bad vision and consequently upping Alzheimer’s risk.
- Be in a long term, loving relationship. Research has shown that bad relationships could be one of the Alzheimer’s causes; or to put it another way, a happy and healthy relationship can help reduce Alzheimer’s risk by half. It is understood that having a partner increases social interaction, which creates resistance to memory loss.
- Add vinegar to your food. Vinegar helps lower blood sugar, insulin resistance and so on. Also vinegar can help keep appetite in check leading to a healthier body weight. This indirectly and directly impacts and lowers Alzheimer’s risk.
- Stimulate the brain by doing challenging activity, brain games and surfing online. Whether you want to look up Alzheimer’s causes or other things, performing online searchers can stimulate brain cells and keep the disease at bay.