A study published in June in the journal Neurology found healthy lifestyle choices were associated with lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This analysis of two observational studies included a total of over 2,700 participants followed for around six years on average. The researchers gave participants a score from zero to five based on not smoking, engaging in 150 minutes per week moderate- or vigorous-intensity physical activity, keeping alcohol consumption light to moderate, engagement in cognitive activities, and consuming a high-quality dietary pattern. Engaging in two to three healthy lifestyle factors was associated with a 37 percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s dementia compared to zero to one. Engaging in four to five healthy lifestyle factors was associated with 60 percent lower risk.
There is currently no treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s disease. This study suggests that making healthy dieary choices, avoiding tobacco, staying mentally and physically active, and keeping alcohol intake low may help prevent this devastating disease.