Doctors Share The 3 Things That Help Prevent Dementia And Alzheimer’s

More than a decade ago, I watched my grandparents go through the late stages of dementia.

Watching two people I love change so dramatically before my eyes is something I’ll never forget.

I try to lead a healthy lifestyle, but what’s so scary about these memory conditions is it seems like they can strike anyone.

Lately, I’ve been looking for answers, trying to learn if there’s a proven way to stop or slow down conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Tragically, treatments and “cures” for memory conditions are still a work in progress. And while some research is promising, the results for average people are years away.

Thankfully, doctors can say with some certainty that these three things will slow down the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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Don’t imagine you need to hit the gym, or look like a pro athlete to keep dementia at bay.

Research shows that even gentle, aerobic exercise – like walking for 30 minutes a day – does wonders for your brain.

Exercise increases blood flow, which sharpens your thinking skills. But it also releases chemical that slow down the brain’s aging process.

If you’re already getting a little exercise, going just a bit further, faster, or longer will pay off years from now.

But be sure to also use the next two techniques to fight memory conditions.

6 Habits To Pick Up Now, That Will Lower Your Risk Of Dementia Later

If you have ever experienced a friend or a family member suffer from dementia, you understand how much of a heartbreaking and painful disease it really is. One in eight people over age 65 in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. This number skyrockets at the age of 85, when almost 50% of people suffer from Alzheimer’s.  

Dementia is caused when nerve cells in the brain die or no longer function normally. The death or malfunction of these nerve cells, called neurons, causes changes in one’s memory, behavior and ability to think clearly.

Unfortunately, there is no sure way to prevent dementia because ageing is the biggest risk factor, and that obviously can’t be changed. That being said, there are many things you can do to reduce your risk.

If you’re 50+ and think it’s too late to start trying to reduce your risk, you might be wrong. It is never too late to develop these good habits, but you should start implementing these habits in your mid-life, if you haven’t done so already.

1. Work out your brain.

This could be something as simple as doing puzzles, crosswords, or playing cards everyday. Working out your brain can literally be anything that makes you think. If you want to challenge yourself, try learning something new, this is the ultimate way to get your brain working. Keeping your brain active will reduce your risk of dementia. Also, try being more socially engaged, try socializing often.

2. Eat better.

A healthy and balanced diet will help reduce your risk of dementia and heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

3. Quit smoking.

If you’re not a smoker, don’t worry about this one. By smoking you are at a greater risk of developing dementia and harming your lungs.

4. Keep a healthy weight.

Many doctors have said that what’s good for your heart is probably also good for your head. So, this explains all of the body-healthy prevention tips. Keeping a healthy weight prevents type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease and therefore, also dementia.

This next one most of us do could help… But also occasionally make it worse.

Listen Up Guys, Coffee Might Help Cure Erectile Dysfunction

A new study done by the University of Texas has concluded that drinking two cups of coffee a day can reduce a man’s chance of getting erectile dysfunction by around 42%.

This is good news for men. Although we don’t hear about this condition often because it is looked at as a private and sometimes embarrassing condition, 18.4% of men who are older than 20 suffer from ED in the US. This means that more than 18 million men are affected throughout the country.

We have often heard that coffee usually has the opposite effect because it narrows blood vessels. This reduces the blood flow to the man’s penis, but from this study, we now know side effect is mild, and only temporary.

Expert Tests Have Been Done And You Can Now Stop Your Hangover Before It’s Started

Hangovers absolutely suck, this is something everyone can agree on. We never really let the fear of a hangover stop us from drinking, but there are ways to prevent them or even make them a little less painful. Here’s a list of expert-tested things you can do to prevent a hangover before it starts:

1. Eat!

No one wants to look bloated while they’re out so we usually opt for a small meal before we drink. What you should actually be doing is having a a large meal that contains carbs, protein and fat before you drink. This will help you metabolize alcohol better when you drink, and prevent a hangover.

2. Rest

While sleep won’t save you from a hangover, it will improve your immunity and get your body ready to handle a night of heavy drinking.

3. Take vitamins

Taking multivitamins before drinking can help prevent inflammation and oxidative stress. The antioxidants in vitamins help minimize the damage.

1. Skip the smoking

Even if you’re not usually a smoker, many people tend to enjoy a smoke or two when they are drinking. If you want to avoid a hangover, skip the smokes. Researchers found that when people drink heavily, smoking significantly increased the risk and severity of a hangover.

2. Don’t drink soda

If you’re having mixed drinks, try switching from a soda mixer to a juice. Fruit and vegetable juices contain extra vitamins, they’re always better for you than soda

9 Symptoms That Might Mean Kidney Stones, And When It’s Time To Get Help

Kidney stones are one of the most painful things to deal with. There are multiple types of kidney stones you could be suffering from, such as:

  • Calcium Stones: calcium that builds up and forms crystals in your urine and can’t be dissolved.
  • Struvite Stones: these form in response to an infection, like a UTI, and can grow quickly with no warning.
  • Uric Acid Stones: if you don’t drink enough water (or lose too much fluid), eat a high-protein diet, or have gout, you can have a build up of uric acid which will cause stones.
  • Cystine Stones: form from a genetic disorder in which your kidneys excrete too much of certain amino acids.

Your diet, family history, weight, and dehydration can all increase your risk of kidney stones. That’s why it’s important to know the symptoms so they can be treated early.

Kidney stones can lay dormant for a while, and you generally don’t notice them until they start moving in your kidney and make their way to your ureter, the tube connecting your kidney and bladder. When that happens, you may start to experience these signs and symptoms:

  • severe pain in the side and back, below the ribs
  • pain in your lower abdomen or groin
  • pain when peeing
  • pink, red, or brown urine
  • foul-smelling or cloudy urine
  • nausea and vomiting
  • persistent need to urinate
  • fever and chills if there’s an infection
  • urinating small amounts

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience:

  • Pain so severe that you can’t sit still or find a comfortable position
  • Pain accompanied by nausea and vomiting
  • Pain accompanied by fever and chills
  • Blood in your urine
  • Difficulty passing urine

Treating kidney stones is fairly easy, but if they get large you could be due for legitimate treatment.