- Not smoking
- Being physically active
- Eating good quality foods in the right quantities
Perhaps if we could put these messages to music: or make an "edgy" film about it: even rearrange the stars in the night sky so that they spell out the same message, but we have to do something that will help reduce heart disease, cancers and now the latest disease that has been found to be "modifiable" by these simple lifestyle changes, Alzheimers Disease.
Over half of all Alzheimer's disease cases could potentially be prevented through such changes, according to a study led by Deborah Barnes, PhD, a mental health researcher at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. They also included in this group, chronic health problems such as depression, mid-life hypertension, diabetes and mid-life obesity, and it was also noted that the other group that is at higher risk are those with a lower standard of education.
So many of these problems do have a solution, or at least established treatment programs, which if used appropriately would help alleviate the terrible disease that is Alzheimers Disease. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, here in Australia, "Deaths due to dementia and Alzheimer's disease have more than doubled over the past 10 years, accounting for 5.9% of all deaths in 2009 compared to 2.8% in 2000. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are now the third leading cause of death overall. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are most prevalent amongst females where they are the third leading cause of death, compared to sixth for males".
We have the tools: lets use them.