As the population ages, it is not surprising the number of people developing Alzheimer’s disease is increasing. This is related to the simple fact that age is the number one risk factor for the development of dementia. Besides being a devastating process for the individual affected, dementia affects the entire family and has significant economic impact as well. The big question is whether Alzheimer’s or dementia is inevitable, or are the things that one can do both personally or that can be done on a national scale, to decrease the incidence.
Alzheimer’s as of now is still largely felt to be idiopathic in nature, meaning the exact cause is unknown. Without a clear understanding of its cause, treatment and prevention become more difficult to develop.
One theory behind the development of Alzheimer’s disease is that it involves the deposition of amyloid deposits in the brain. Inadequate sleep has been shown to increase amyloid deposition whereas green tea has been shown to decrease prevent amyloid deposits. On the positive side, there are several things that people can do to improve their brain health, their memory, and possibly decrease both the development of, and severity of dementia. Some of the more obvious ones are to maintain overall good health and proper hydration, because just as the rest of the body is largely made up of water, so too are our brains.
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