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Fight Alzheimer’s disease by socializing

From time to time we all forget where we parked our car or why we walked into a room. Some forgetfulness is normal, especially when you’re busy or have multiple things on your mind. But if your forgetfulness is much more than the symptoms I mentioned, you need to be careful about Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease, which complicates the life of the person living with the disease as well as the close environment and family, is a disease that we have encountered frequently in recent years. In short, Alzheimer’s; It is a type of dementia (dementia) that occurs in memory, thinking and behavior abilities. In general, the symptoms begin to appear slowly and mildly, but over time they become severe enough to affect even daily routines. Years of research have shown that the accumulation of toxic proteins called beta amyloid and tau in the brain causes Alzheimer’s. Some recent studies have begun to explain this process, revealing that the causes of Alzheimer’s disease go beyond genetics and unhealthy eating habits. As for what these studies are…

If it’s longer than three months, it accelerates

If you use anti-anxiety drugs, beware!

A class of drugs called benzodiazepines, which includes the popular drugs lorazepam, alprazolam, and clonazepam, are often used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Although studies evaluating the safety and effectiveness of these drugs have only evaluated short-term use (usually up to three months), many people take them long-term. A study published in the British Medical Journal followed 1,796 Canadians with Alzheimer’s disease and 7,184 healthy controls for six years and found that taking benzodiazepines for longer than three months was associated with up to a 51 percent increase in Alzheimer’s disease.

Beware of head trauma!

According to data from the University of Pittsburgh Brain and Spine Injury Program, approximately 300,000 Americans experience a sports-related concussion each year, and many have problems that can accompany a head injury. Most people recover without trouble, but for others, the inflammation that helps damaged brain tissue heal becomes chronic. According to a psychiatrist at the University of Southern Florida, Alzheimer’s disease is where potential links are found. If you have lost consciousness due to a previous head injury, your risk of developing Alzheimer’s increases significantly in old age. Severe blows to the skull adversely affect healthy brain cells. For this reason, be careful not to hit your head during your life, especially when doing risky activities.

Chronic insomnia accelerates

Beware of insomnia!

Insomnia accelerates the harmful processes that lead to Alzheimer’s disease. According to experts at Temple University in Philadelphia, sleep problems are common in people with Alzheimer’s disease, but it’s not clear whether this is cause or effect. Scientists studying Alzheimer’s disease in a mouse model found that getting four hours of sleep a day increased the amount of tau in their brains. They also changed learning and memory, as well as how well neurons were able to communicate with each other. Experts stress that chronic insomnia’s deprivation will speed up the harmful processes that lead to Alzheimer’s disease, emphasizing the brain and body (which makes you very tired).

Beware of loneliness!

Engaging with friends and the wider community allows us to live a good and social life. This is also good medicine. A study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry identified links between loneliness and the progression of dementia. The researchers found that feelings of loneliness in older people made them 1.63 times more likely to develop dementia over the three years of the study. Scientists still don’t know what drives this relationship, but the implications are clear: socializing is better for your health.

Any organ is affected

If you have diabetes, beware!

According to experts, Alzheimer’s disease is a metabolic disease that really affects the brain. The ties are so close that he began to refer to Alzheimer’s disease as Type 3 diabetes. Brain cells use glucose as fuel, and insulin delivers blood glucose to these cells. Researches; He says cells in the brain can develop insulin resistance just like other cells in the body. Any organ can be affected by insulin resistance. His research over the past few years has revealed that this creates a toxic environment for the brain, leading to the harmful accumulation of proteins and neuron death seen in Alzheimer’s.

Egg yolk and blueberry protect your brain health

Arugula

A Rush University studies found that people who ate one or two servings of greens daily had the cognitive ability of an 11-year-old compared to people who ate nothing daily. Among the greens, arugula has a nutritional advantage.

Blueberry

Although all fruits are beneficial, the flavonoids in blueberries strengthen the protection of the brain from oxidative stress and strengthen the brain’s cell communication, are rich in antioxidants.

Egg yolk

Choline is a B complex vitamin. Choline is converted to an acelylcholine, which preserves your memory and allows brain cells to communicate more effectively. Studies show that increased choline intake is linked to improved cognitive function, including memory. Egg yolk contains this substance I mentioned.

Olive Oil

A 2017 study found that consuming extra virgin olive oil can preserve memory and learning ability and reduce the formation of two Alzheimer’s markers (amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary nubs). The antioxidant oleocanthal found in the oil may play a role, although the exact mechanism is unclear.

Salmon

This seafood is rich in DH A and EPA, omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health. Omega-3 helps the brain reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, which may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. DHA is particularly helpful in limiting age-related brain shrinkage.

Nuts

Nuts such as hazelnut, walnut and almond are very beneficial for brain health. Consume it five times a week to get the expected benefit.

Doc. Dr. Halit Yerebakan

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