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Good News on the Alzheimer's Prevention Front

(Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.)  [A] recent study in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine reveals that people are less likely to get Alzheimer's disease and dementia today than they were 20 years ago. The authors of the study credit this positive trend to improvements in lifestyle as well as ongoing education…
Of perhaps greatest interest to me as president and medical director of The Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation is the statement by the study's co-author Dr. Kenneth Langa, who said: "Our findings suggest that, even if we don't find a cure for Alzheimer's disease (meaning a magic bullet drug), there are lifestyle factors we can address to decrease our risk."
This notion is backed by two recent studies…
This new research is very important to me as for the past two decades my work has revolved around elucidating what we call the "4 Pillars of Alzheimer's Prevention."…
The Four Pillars are:
1.    Diet: A plant-based Mediterranean diet has indeed been shown to balance blood sugar and reduce Alzheimer's risk.
2.    Stress management especially via yoga meditation is also is crucial to risk reduction. As noted above, stress increases the risk for Alzheimer's.
3.    Physical and mental exercise is also critically important to maintain a sharp brain.
4.    Finally, the development of psychological and spiritual well being has been shown to reduce the incidence of Alzheimer's.
Community: There are many practical things we can do to prevent, delay, or minimize the severity of cognitive decline.
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