Alzheimer’s is one of the most the terrifying conditions to face. That’s because unlike cancer, Alzheimer’s is yet to have a cure. In short, once it sets in, all you can really do is slow the progression of the disease.
That’s why the best course of action for treating the condition is to try to prevent it as much as possible. Studies show that there are plenty of lifestyle and environmental factors that can contribute towards developing the disease. Here’s what you need to know.
7 Common Causes Of Alzheimer’s Disease
Protect your brain by avoiding these 7 causes of Alzheimer’s disease.
It is well-documented that lead exposure contributes to cardiovascular disease. However, studies also show that adults with higher-than-average levels of lead in their blood tend to experience mild levels of cognitive impairment and are at a much higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Heavy metal exposure in general creates oxidative stress on the body. You can help mitigate this stress by eating foods high in antioxidants, such as fruits and veggies that are green, red, and blue in color.
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2. Common anticholinergic medications
Recently published research links a number of prescription and OTC medications to an increased risk of both Alzheimer’s and dementia. In particular, a family of drugs known as anticholinergics that include tricyclic antidepressants, antihistamines, and antimuscarinics. The effects are dose dependent: the more you take, the more at risk you become.
Also known as DDE, this type of insecticide was banned in the United States in 1972. It is still used heavily in other parts of the world, including many that the US imports food products from. Higher blood levels of DDE are linked to a significantly high risk of Alzheimer’s.
Make sure to thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables before eating them (preferably with an essential oil-based cleanser), and avoid buying fish from countries where DDE is still used