Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise and every 3 seconds, someone in the world seems to have been developing it. Since there is no cure yet to stop or slow down its progression, it can be wise to prevent it in the first place. Nowadays there are several genetic testing companies that can identify your risk for diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Here are a few ways that can help prevent Alzheimer’s:

1. Maintaining Good Heart Health- Several studies have established the fact that the conditions that increase one’s risk of cardiovascular diseases have also increased Alzheimer’s risk. Also, several autopsies have found that a majority of people with Alzheimer’s disease also had cardiovascular diseases. It is assumed that plaques and tangles present in the brain can remain in the brain and not show any symptoms unless there is evidence of vascular diseases. Further studies are essential to understand this link better.

2. Effective Lifestyle Modifications- Following a healthy diet and exercising regularly can be an effective strategy to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Physical activity can benefit your brain cells by increasing the blood and oxygen flow. Since regular physical activity can also aid cardiovascular benefits, it can help in overall wellness. And it is now evident that eating a heart-healthy diet might protect your brain. Diets with limited sugar and saturated fats and diets like the DASH and Mediterranean are said to be beneficial.

3. Preserving Mental Health Via Social Connections & Mental Stimulations- Studies have indicated that those who maintain strong social connections and stay mentally active might have a lower risk of cognitive decline as they age. Though the reason is unclear, experts opine that this might be possible due to the fact that social and mental stimulation can strengthen nerve cell connections in the brain. You could also try to learn new skills, practice memorization techniques, enjoy brain teasers and strategy games. These can effectively stimulate your brain and thereby improve cognitive functioning which can be long-lasting too.

4. Preventing Head Trauma- A strong connection has been established between serious head trauma and Alzheimer’s risk. Thus, it is very important to reduce your risk of head trauma by protecting your head. It is advised to wear seat belts, use helmets and protect your head in order to protect yourselves during any fall or accidents that can cause head trauma.

5. Getting Quality Sleep- There is a big association between sleep patterns and the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Studies have highlighted the importance of quality sleep to flush out brain toxins and the fact that poor sleep caused higher levels of beta-amyloid secretion in the brain (which can cause disrupt the sleep required for memory formation). If disrupted sleep is affecting your health or mood, you might be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s. So it’s time to work on your sleep quality.

6. Manage Stress Effectively- Persistent or chronic stress can lead to shrinkage of a key memory area in your brain and thereby put you at risk of Alzheimer’s. Follow simple stress management techniques to combat stress and keep Alzheimer’s at bay.