Prevent Alzheimer’s – don’t be a statistic

It is estimated that one million people will have Alzheimer’s by 2025 and the race is on all the time to find an appropriate drug, but there is plenty that people can do themselves. The stock answer to all health problems seems drugs, drugs, drugs, but it actually ought to be nutrition.

A report issued by two charities in the last few years, The Mental Health Foundation and Sustain showed that one of the reasons for the increase in mental illness in the UK has been our change in diet. It found that changes in the way that food is produced and manufactured has reduced the amount of essential fats, vitamins and minerals that we eat.

If only people were given the advice that they really need on what to eat to stay healthy – oily fish is excellent for brain function, and plenty of fruit and veg which are packed with antioxidants.

Alzheimer’s often starts with depression which leads people blindly into oblivion – again more emphasis on counselling and looking after your mental wellbeing would be welcome. Keeping your mind active and your memory sharp also helps.

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