Lowering risk of Alzheimer's disease
Current Psychiatry, 06/03/2010 Free full text Evidence Based Medicine
Bassil N et al. – This article summarizes the findings of many studies that address AD prevention and includes an online – only bibliography for readers seeking an in–depth review. The evidence does not support a firm recommendation for any specific form of primary prevention and has revealed hazards associated with estrogen therapy and nonsteroidal anti–inflammatory drugs. Most important, it suggests that you could reduce your patients' risk of developing AD by routinely supporting their mental, physical, and social health. The potential benefits of modifying an individual's AD risk factors likely will depend on his or her genetic makeup, environment, and lifestyle. Even so, counseling patients to exercise more and improve their diets – such as by eating more fish, fruits, and vegetables and less saturated fat – might help protect the brain. Your ongoing efforts to manage hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes also may reduce their AD risk.