Doctors have always linked lifestyle to many health issues. A healthy way of living can help you fight against obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, and so on. Recent discoveries add one more condition to this list: Alzheimer’s disease.
It should be no wonder that a healthy lifestyle, including an organized diet and regular exercise, can do so much good to the organism. A new study actually proves it: people with a healthy lifestyle were less prone to Alzheimer’s, as the nutrients in their food prevent their organism from coming down.
The new study was conducted by Doctor David Merrill (University of California) and proves how factors such as a Mediterranean diet can turn out to be so beneficial in this context. The study is the first to show the effects of healthy lifestyle on brain cells of people experiencing mild episodes of memory loss.
The team of researchers examined 44 patients, none of which previously diagnosed with dementia. They were all aged more than 40 and suffered from mild forms of memory loss, such as subjective memory impairment and mild cognitive impairment. Some of the subjects followed a Mediterranean diet, paired with regular exercise, which showed improvement in their health results and BMI (body mass index).
Mediterranean diet mostly consists of fruits, vegetable, grains, fish and white meat. Those who try it actually find out that it is quite tasty, nutritious and rich. There is nothing scary about it; it is just a measure that keeps you safe and healthy. You might actually discover that you like it more than old food habits.
The nutrients in such a died proved to be preventing accumulation of both beta-amyloid and tau in the brain, which damages nerve cells.
Even the researchers are amazed by the discovery, as doctor David Merrill declares:
“The fact that we could detect this influence of lifestyle at a molecular level before the beginning of serious memory problems surprised us.”
The new study relating healthy lifestyle to Alzheimer’s disease was published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
The great numbers of studies developed on a healthy lifestyle are proof that the doctors’ advice actually work. We can improve our life quality and even increase our lifespan by following some simple rules as a healthy diet and regular exercise. It is a small price to pay for the great reward we get instead.
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