Healthy Habits Could Slow Alzheimer’s in High- Risk Groups

Healthy Habits Could Slow Alzheimer's in High- Risk Groups
Healthy Habits Could Slow Alzheimer's in High- Risk Groups. Credit | Getty images

United States:  According to recent exploration, people with mild cognitive impairment or early madness may be suitable to maintain their brain function by maintaing a set of good life choices.

Key Findings

Without the need for medication, researchers found that 71% of individuals with dementia who followed a healthy diet, exercised frequently, and managed their stress either had stable or improved symptoms, according to a June 7 study published in the journal Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy.

In comparison, the results indicate that symptoms worsened in almost 68% of patients in a control group that did not implement these lifestyle adjustments.

Additionally, researchers discovered that patients’ brain power increased in direct proportion to the number of healthful adjustments they made and maintained in their life.

According to the experts, this is the first time that alterations in lifestyle have been demonstrated to have any effect on the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Encouraging Outlook

“These findings, which may give many people new hope and new choices, have me cautiously optimistic and very encouraged,” said lead researcher Dr. Dean Ornish, who founded and serves as president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute.

“Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, thanks to the scientific community’s unwavering search for possible treatments, we can now provide many individuals afflicted with this terrible disease with an enhanced quality of life,” Ornish stated in a news statement from the institution.

Participant Testimonials

After the trial, one participant reported that, whereas it had previously taken him weeks to finish a book, he could now do so in three to four days while still retaining the majority of what he had read.

According to experts, a former corporate executive claimed to have regained control over his personal money and retirement.

Researchers cited him as stating, “It was so much a part of my life — who I am, and who I was — it was hard saying that part of me was just gone.” “I’ve resumed my monthly financial reconciliation and am staying current with our assets. A great deal of one’s own value returns.

And a woman mentioned that after being unable to do so for five years, she is now able to appropriately produce the financial reports for the family business.

“A profound feeling of self is coming back,” she informed the researchers. “Although it’s a familiarity and something I’ve always prided myself on, it’s given me a new lease on life.” I’m returning to how I was before the illness was identified. I sense like i’m again- an older but better version of me.”

Promising Alternative to Medication

51 individuals with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or early dementia from Alzheimer’s disease were included in the study by the researchers. They were randomized to be in the control group or the group that changed their lifestyle.

“Only two Alzheimer’s drugs have been approved in the past 20 years—one of which was recently taken off the market and the other is extremely expensive, minimally effective, and frequently has serious side effects like brain swelling or bleeding into the brain—despite biopharma companies having invested billions of dollars in the search for medications to treat the disease,” Tanzi said.

He continued, “On the other hand, it has been demonstrated that the significant lifestyle modifications made in this study enhance cognition and function at a small fraction of the expense — and the only side effects are positive ones.”