Why Preventing Alzheimer’s Requires a Holistic Approach

Diet, physical exercise, strong mental health, and spiritual fitness. Here’s how these four factors are the keys to staving off memory loss.

Family history plays a large role in one’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease, but diet and lifestyle can also affect whether you develop the neurodegenerative condition.

“Now is the time for everyone to adopt a brain-healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, president and medical director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation in Tucson, Arizona. “As recent research reveals, the changes in one’s brain start decades before any symptoms appear. So it’s never too early or too late to head off the development of memory loss.”

Diet, physical exercise, mental exercise, and spiritual fitness make up what Khalsa called the four pillars of preventing Alzheimer’s. “By taking small steps today, people can know they are doing everything possible to avoid cognitive decline in the future,” he said.

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