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Be aware of your brain health
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. According to the World Health Organization, there are nearly 50 million individuals who are living with dementia worldwide, and this number is expected to increase to 75 million by 2030. The main risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease are age and gender and the incidence of the disease is higher in women.
Health tips for every woman
- Focus on sleep. While you’re sleeping, your cells are repairing and your brain is forming pathways to learn and remember.
- Manage your stress. Stress may increase the buildup in the brain of an abnormal protein called beta-amyloid plaque, which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Get out and exercise! This gets the blood flowing throughout your entire body, including your brain. Nearly 80 percent of adults today aren’t meeting the key guidelines for activity, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which should include both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.
For age-related dementia, good choices while young can be instrumental. Staying physically and mentally active, having a robust social life, eating well, avoiding tobacco, and limiting your alcohol consumption have big brain-boosting benefits. You can’t stop the aging process, but you can make little choices to safeguard your mind and body.