Alzheimer’s is a common old-age disease that could affect anyone. While there is no way to predicts the risk of Alzheimer’s, there is still a possibility to reduce it. Rush University Medical Center’s research team investigated nearly 3000 people and found a way to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by half.
Typically, a nutritious diet, active lifestyle, non-smoking, and alcoholism are ideals for good health. But who knew that these factors can also predict the chance of getting Alzheimer’s as well?
This new study finds that people who stick to four or five healthy habits are at 60% less likely to get Alzheimer’s disease. The data to predict these results were obtained from two studies by the National Institute for Aging.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) often fund these studies to find out which factors play a role in disease occurrence. As to Alzheimer’s, these studies highlight that there is a way to reduce its chance with simple lifestyle changes.
This association between healthy habits and disease risk strengthens the importance of making healthy choices in life. Richard J. Hodes, director at The National Institute on Aging (NIA) says that these factors could predict disease progression in all older age people.
All the participants in this study were shortlisted on the basis of their information available. As it is necessary to go through all details including diet, medical history, habits as well as the clinical assessment of any patient while predicting the risk of Alzheimer’s for him.
The research team divided all of these participants into five groups, on the basis of five healthy habits. Some of them are; spending at least 150 minutes in exercise, smoking, alcohol, diet, social engagements, etc.
The results obtained from this categorization were later on compared with the incidence of Alzheimer’s in original studies by NIA. Klodian Dhana is the chief researcher and the first author of this paper. He says that the answer is adopting healthy habits to prevent all age-related diseases.
Comparing patients with one or two healthy habits, the risk was much less in those who were following four or five habits. This risk was up to 60% less in these people which is probably the biggest risk evaluation for Alzheimer’s till this date.
The population targeted studies help to estimate the disease risk in real terms while common factors play their part. Although it is not direct research based on a cause and effect model, it surely makes a solid point. These factors i.e. lifestyle changes are modifiable either individually or under medically recommendation. Previously another NIA funded study from 2017 also showed a connection between lifestyle changes with blood pressure and brain training. However, it was kind of inconclusive for an end.
In addition to this study, some new trials are going on to confirm these benefits. NIA is now funding more than 230 trials on Alzheimer’s and other cognitive diseases in adults. This new study is published in the journal “Neurology” by the American Academy of Neurology.