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December 2, 2011
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most serious diseases linked to aging. Alzheimer’s disease (also known as dementia) is revealed with such symptoms and signs as memory loss and gradual decline of brain functions resulting in severe decline in thinking abilities and drastic behavior changes. Till now it has no cure or any effective treatment, and the life expectancy of those who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease varies from 3 to 5 years. It is crucial and essential for everyone of us to learn as much as possible about this disease and introduce the recommended Alzheimer’s prevention measures in our daily diet and activities.
In particular, according to the findings of a recent study, eating baked or grilled fish at least once a week can be effective type of protection against the early symptoms of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease, even for the people aged 50+. Certainly, it is better to start using effective Alzheimer’s prevention techniques (like enhancing your thinking abilities, learning a second foreign language, consuming a healthy diet, giving up smoking, and a great deal of others) as early as you can, but it is also possible to lower the risks of this terrible disease even on the later stages of your life.
For 10 years the scientists were studying the effects of weekly oily fish consumption on the brain function and mental abilities of 260 participants. It turned out that weekly consumption of fish is strictly linked to increased grey matter volumes, meaning increased levels of cognition. Usually, decreased amounts of grey matter in Alzheimer’s disease sufferers are associated with shrinking brain cells. The findings were recently presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
“This is the first study to establish a direct relationship between fish consumption, brain structure and Alzheimer’s risk,” Cyrus Raji, M. D., Ph. D., one of the study group leaders and a leading specialist of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre and School of Medicine, said to the mass media. Experts of the Alzheimer’s Society expressed their positive reaction on the findings of American specialists. However, they underlined that not only eating fish and other dietary factors, but also numerous important lifestyle issues should be considered when choosing the best complex strategy for Alzheimer’s prevention. In particular, a great role is played by regular physical activities and good amount of exercise.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.