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Your Mood and Alzheimer's Prevention

A great deal of research has focused on food as a method to fortify both body and mind against Alzheimer’s disease. Currently in favor is eating salmon three times a week along with adhering to a Mediterranean Diet. In addition, exercising daily is reported to build new neurons in the brain, enhance synaptic connections, improve blood flow to the brain and stabilize glucose levels. Now research has come to the forefront highlighting mood. Upon observing people from midlife to late-in-life, large studies claim that there is an important correlation between depression and Alzheimer’s. Moreover, those people who have a purpose in life seem to be protected from getting Alzheimer’s.

The American Medical Association claims that depression which surfaces in midlife to late-in-life can be a predictor of Alzheimer’s. The question which comes up for me: Is depression one of the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s or is depression a possible trigger?

In a different study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center the role of purpose seemed to be protective of older brains which already showed an accumulation of plaques and tangles. “Our study showed that people who reported greater purpose in life exhibited better cognition than those with less pose in life even as plaques and tangles accumulated in their brains,” said Patricia A. Boyle, PhD. These findings show how involvement in meaningful activities can improve thinking abilities and provide better cognitive health.

The take home message from these two separate studies:

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