There is some new information about Alzheimer’s. Nobody has a cure or even a sure way to keep your brain healthy but there are some promising ideas that may help you now and will lead to research into new treatments in the future.
Some studies suggest that you are more at risk if your mother had Alzheimer’s than your father. It’s not a definitive study but it suggests that the genetic properties that lead to Alzheimer’s are passed from your mother and not your father. There isn’t much you can do about your birth now but it might help you assess your chances of getting Alzheimer’s and your efforts to stay healthy.
One thing that may help keep Alzheimer’s at bay is moderate alcohol consumption. A recent study showed that moderate drinkers developed Alzheimer’s at a lower frequency that heavy drinkers or non-drinkers.
Finally, research suggests that the amyloid substance that builds the placqe in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s is created in the liver. New studies are looking the find ways to stop the production of those anyloids in the liver or prevent their transport to the brain.
For now, a good diet and exercise program along with mental stimulation seems the best defense against Alzheimer’s.