New risk factors discovered
While studying preventive strategies for AD, researchers have discovered conditions that increase risk factors associated with the disease. Such conditions include: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, kidney problems, depression, alcohol and tobacco use, diet, and low physical activity. It has been noted that these conditions are responsible for more than a 50% increased risk of AD.
Researchers also looked over 19 different studies relating to brain-stimulating activities that may help lower risks associated with AD. They discovered that doing activities such as arts and crafts, card games, crossword puzzles, and listening to music all had protective effects against AD. What’s more, they also learned that exercising on a regular basis can help reduce the risk of AD by up to 65%. This is mainly due to the fact that physical exercise reduces the risk of blood vessel disease, thus helping to improve breathing function and ensuring the survival of bodily cells.