One of the major health concerns that seem to be threatening our world today is the rise in Alzheimer’s and dementia. Most of us have known or no someone who has this dreaded disease. The older we get the more concerned we may be, without developing the disease ourselves. Is there a way to slow down or to prevent this dilemma? It is an interesting question that was put to the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Cure. They concluded that one-third of dementia cases could be prevented through better lifestyle choices. Here are 3 areas we can focus on to improve our health and lower the risk of these diseases.
High Blood Pressure
There are many reasons to be concerned about high blood pressure. It’s been called the silent killer because many people are unaware that they have the disease. There is growing evidence that links high blood pressure to more than just heart attacks and strokes. Evidence now suggests that it may also be involved in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Researchers are finding out that patients with dementia are showing complications with blood vessels that supply the brain with important oxygen and nutrients. Taking action to control and lower one’s blood pressure during the ages of 35 to 65 years old may possibly prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia according to researchers.
Is It Time to Get a Sauna
This may be another way to keep blood pressure under control. This study comes out of Sweden involved 1600 middle-aged men who had high blood pressure and used a sauna from 5 to 7 times a week. Researchers are not sure the exact mechanism that helped to lower blood pressure, but they believe the results were systemic. Raising the body temperature widens the blood vessels and thus improves circulation throughout the body. Another added benefit of using the sauna includes relaxing the mind and the body as well as fluids through sweating. The individuals who use a sauna 5 to 7 times per week had a 46% lower blood pressure than those who only used it once per week. ( the University of Eastern Finland, news release, September 29, 2017).
Diet and Exercise
We all know that we should watch our diet and exercise more. However, the knowledge does not necessarily bring about any results. There is a wealth of information that shows a healthy lifestyle involves a good nutritious diet and a regular regimen of exercise. I go to the gym and see many people who have been exercising for long periods of time without any results. I believe the reason is that it is diet AND exercise, not diet or exercise. Many people believe they can exercise without watching their diet and get results. In youth that may be possible to a limited extent, however, I don’t believe it’s possible as we grow older. Exercise and dieting go hand in hand. I believe it can be quite dangerous to exercise without a healthy nutritious diet being part of the program. Working with these 3 tips I believe is an excellent way to take control of one’s health. Of course, along with our diet, there may be a need for supplementation. Personally, I take to servings of Cardio Cocktail per day as a cardiovascular supplement. Sometimes I will alternate between Cardio Cocktail and Cardio for Life, but I always take to servings of this type of supplement to improve cardiovascular circulation.