Can you ward off dementia with three simple habits?
Three studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Honolulu have identified three lifestyle habits that can reduce the risk of cognitive impairment. That’s encouraging considering that Alzheimer’s disease is the seventh leading cause of death. Plus, the number of Americans suffering from this devastating disease is expected to swell from the current 5.3 million to nearly 8 million Americans 20 years from now.
So what are these three habits?
Getting lots of physical activity
Drinking tea on a regular basis
Having adequate vitamin D levels
One study found that people who participated in the least amount of physical activity were 45 percent more likely to develop dementia than their more active counterparts. People who engaged in moderate to heavy levels of physical activity lowered their risk for any type of dementia by about 40 percent.
Another study found that people who drank tea one to four times per week experienced 37 percent less cognitive decline than non-tea drinkers.
A third study found that having a vitamin D deficiency increased the chances of cognitive impairment by about 42 percent. Being severely deficient in vitamin D raised the risk by 394 percent. This is very important!
So many people mistakenly believe that there is absolutely NOTHING they can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. These studies show that your daily habits can make a big difference in your risk for this disease. Do what you can now to improve your brain health for the rest of your life.
Are you feeding your child ADHD?
Did you know that ADHD is more than twice as common in kids who eat a Western diet (think McDonalds) than a healthy one? Holy smokes!
This is according to a new study in the Journal of Attention Disorders, in which researchers tracked the incidence of ADHD among 1,799 adolescents. A total of 115 of them had an ADHD diagnosis.
When the researchers analyzed the odds of having ADHD, they found that eating a Western diet more than doubled the risk.
If you are feeding your child a typical Western diet, which includes lots of burgers, fries, and sodas, you could be increasing their chances of having ADHD. Having ADHD can lead to a lifetime of struggles. For example, people with ADHD are less likely to:
Graduate high school
Go to college
Not only that, they are more likely to:
Abuse drugs and alcohol
Be involved in motor vehicle accidents
Get speeding tickets
Is this the life you want for your children? Offering your children healthy meals and snacks can help your children avoid these problems so they can live a happy and productive life.
Your kids are what they eat! So are you.
Switch to a brain healthy way of eating today. You can find more than 60 recipes in the Change Your Brain, Change Your Body Cookbook.
Change Your Brain, Change Your Body: Use Your Brain to Get and Keep the Body You Have Always Wanted
In this book, Dr. Amen reveals his breakthrough approach that will allow you to harness your brain’s power to improve your body’s overall appearance and function. As his studies show, a healthy brain is the key to a better body and a better life. Your brain is the command and control center for your body, and your brain function is directly related to how your body looks, feels, and functions. If you want to lose the love handles, you have to get better frontal lobes. You want to say goodbye to all those headaches? You have to calm your brain. Turn back the clock and get rid of those wrinkles? You have to start by rejuvenating your brain.
Daniel G. Amen, MD
About Daniel Amen, MD
Daniel G. Amen, MD is a physician, child and adult psychiatrist, brain imaging specialist, bestselling author, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the CEO and medical director of Amen Clinics, Inc. (ACI) in Newport Beach and Fairfield, California, Tacoma, Washington and Reston, Virginia.
ACI is the world leader in applying brain imaging science to clinical practice. ACI has the world’s largest database of functional brain scans related to psychiatric medicine, now totaling more than 50,000 scans, and the clinics have seen patients from 75 countries.
Dr. Amen is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, where he teaches medical students and psychiatric residents about using brain imaging in clinical practice.
Dr. Amen is married, father of four children, and an avid table tennis player.
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