Three studies presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Honolulu have identified three lifestyle habits that can reduce the risk of cognitive impairment.
That's encouraging considering that Alzheimer's disease is the seventh leading cause of death. Plus, the number of Americans suffering from this devastating disease is expected to swell from the current 5.3 million to nearly 8 million Americans 20 years from now.
So what are these three habits?
* Getting lots of physical activity
* Drinking tea on a regular basis
* Having adequate vitamin D levels
One study found that people who participated in the least amount of physical activity were 45 percent more likely to develop dementia than their more active counterparts. People who engaged in moderate to heavy levels of physical activity lowered their risk for any type of dementia by about 40 percent.
Another study found that people who drank tea one to four times per week experienced 37 percent less cognitive decline than non-tea drinkers.
A third study found that having a vitamin D deficiency increased the chances of cognitive impairment by about 42 percent. Being severely deficient in vitamin D raised the risk by 394 percent.
This is very important!
So many people mistakenly believe that there is absolutely NOTHING they can do to prevent Alzheimer's disease.
These studies show that your daily habits can make a big difference in your risk for this disease. Do what you can now to improve your brain health for the rest of your life.