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- Researchers say there is no evidence that Alzheimer’s is preventable
- April 30th, 2010 1:01 PM
Researchers cannot confirm that measures traditionally correlated with brain health prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The National Institutes of Health organized a panel to analyze the effectiveness of mental stimulation, exercise and dietary supplements as preventative measures in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Results show that none of these activities or lifestyle habits prevents Alzheimer’s disease, but they may provide other benefits. Weak associations between lifestyle factors and Alzheimer’s risk reduction have been acknowledged, but are too fragile to be considered legitimate prevention measures, according to the panel.
“These associations are examples of the classic chicken or the egg quandary. Are people able to stay mentally sharp over time because they are physically active and socially engaged or are they simply more likely to stay physically active and socially engaged because they are mentally sharp,” says conference panel chair, Dr. Martha Daviglus.
While the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease remains unknown, age and genetics are two significant risk factors for the brain disease. Alzheimer’s is incurable and patients will eventually succumb to the disease. Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease should ensure all financial and insurance documents, including health and life insurance policies, are in place and accessible to beneficiaries.
This article was originally published by Life Quotes, Inc.
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