In this post, we will discuss whether Alzheimer’s Disease is preventable or not.
The key to preventing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease is to make sure you live a stress-free life.
Stress is repeatedly being linked to dementia and other mental disorders and is the deciding factor of a person’s overall health.
Research is still in a preliminary stage but it is worth getting to know how an Alzheimer’s patient can cope with this disease and manage to live a normal life.
It is crucial not quickly jump to a conclusion about what’s possible and what’s not. A proper diagnosis can uncover the exact fault in your brain, the degree of damage already done and how much is expected in the future.
You must have heard of all the dreadful things happening to people with Alzheimer’s, but that’s not always the case, there are numerous stories of people living a healthy and prolonged life and not letting this deadly disease affect their life.
Although studies on the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease have been done on a preliminary level, evidence suggests that a healthy stress-free lifestyle can not only make a certain kind of Alzheimer’s disease preventable but can also enable the person to live much longer than expected.
Keeping stress at bay can prevent brain damage.
Stress can be good in the short term: it promotes intelligence, smart thinking, decision making, and alertness. But in long term: it might lead to neuronal damage and stunt the growth of new neurons.
More stress in life means ill health in the future. If a person does not have the resources and the ability to cope with the environmental demands put on him/her, it might create a tremendous amount of stress and lead to bad mental health. These demands can make or break a person, For eg: handling a difficult boss or a client, being the only provider in the family etc can be daunting.
A study was conducted with 1,064 healthy biracial individuals over a period of 3 to 6 years and they found out that, those who were prone to distress were 2.4 times likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who were not. And white Americans were at high risk at developing Alzheimer’s than African Americans.
Because the brain the primary mediator between a person and the stress that is put on him, the regions like hippocampus(supports memory and mood), hypothalamus(regulates stress hormones), amygdala(detects threat) and prefrontal cortex(responsible for decision making) are the ones which are affected massively throughout his life span.
If you belong to a lower socioeconomic society, you will have to be extra cautious— things like dysfunctional family, stressful life events, child abuse etc—during early childhood and in developmental phase can change structural and functional plasticity of the hippocampus, amygdala, and prefrontal cortex. Your ability to respond logically to problems will get compromised and you will become a victim of circumstances.
Although the effects of stress on the brain are not permanent, recovery is possible with good eating habits, exercise, socializing, self-improvement and having a feeling of financial security.
A report suggests that even 3 years after the 9/11 attacks, the people who were in close proximity to world trade center have considerably less grey matter in their amygdala, hippocampus, and other brain regions. The levels of lifetime trauma exposure reveal a persons ability to think, react and remain calm in difficult situations.
Evidence pointing stress to Alzheimer’s disease is growing rapidly and more and more data is available each passing day to confirm that this disease is preventable.
Alzheimer’s disease may seem like a confusing mess, but a healthy stress-free lifestyle is all you need to make its horrible symptoms preventable.
Stay away from gimmicks or quick-fixy treatment methods. You will need to systematically design your life to handle the ghastly nightmare that Alzheimer’s disease is.
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