Preventing Alzheimer's disease

As the exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is still unknown, there's no way to prevent the condition. However, there are steps you can take that may help to delay the onset of dementia.

Reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease has been linked with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia .

You may be able to reduceyour risk of developing these conditions as well as other serious problems, such as strokes and heart attacks by taking steps to improve your cardiovascular health, including:

  • stopping smoking
  • not drinking large amounts of alcohol
  • eating a healthy, balanced diet , including at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day
  • exercising for at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) every week bydoing moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as cycling or fast walking) this will improve both your physical and mental health
  • make sure your blood pressure is checked and controlled through regular health tests
  • if you have diabetes , make sure you keep to the diet and takeyour medication

You can also ask your local memory clinic about projects taking place.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised that there isn't evidence to support the use of the following to prevent dementia:

  • statins
  • hormone replacement therapy when chemicals are taken to replace those that your body no longer produces
  • vitamin E found in a variety of foods, such as olive oil, nuts and seeds
  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Mar 2016