6 Ways to Lower Your Alzheimer's Risk

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Healthy habits like these can lower your risk for Alzheimer's and also boost your quality of life well into the future. Eating a healthy diet can lower inflammation that may lead to Alzheimer's and dementia. Create a meal plan that includes healthy fats, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.

Telomeres, which are caps of DNA at the end of chromosomes, become fragile as we age. Over time, these telomeres shorten and age our brain cells. Even a few minutes of exercise a day can protect against cell damage.

Older adults should try to get seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Your routine before it's time to snooze matters too. Stay away from screens at least 30 minutes before bedtime, and use a device to track your sleep habits.

Social isolation can release stress hormones, and long-term stress can speed up memory loss. More research is needed, but stimulating activities like board games with family and friends may help lower your risk.

Daily brushing and flossing prevents cavities and gum disease, but can it protect against memory loss? More research is needed, but a small study found a link between poor oral hygiene and a higher risk of Alzheimer's. It has to do with bacteria from your mouth getting into your bloodstream.

It's important to keep your stress level in check. Long-term stress weakens your immune system, which can destroy pathways between brain cells.