Did you know that compared to men, almost twice as many women get Alzheimer’s disease?
No, it’s not just because women tend to live longer than men. Although, there’s definitely truth to that since women tend to live about 15-20 years longer than the average man. Even though women are primarily stressed due to being caretakers, they still manage to live longer.
Unfortunately, women are also more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease because of the changes in the chemicals of the brain. These changes are the result of a natural process we call menopause. These changes are primarily in the hormones, which is why women over 50 are always recommended to take hormone supplements. Supplements help to balance the chemical changes and reduce the likelihood of developing diseases like Alzheimer’s or depression. Women, especially in the menopausal years, are significantly more likely to suffer from depression and other mood disorders.
As the brain approaches menopause, it’s entering a phase called “peri-menopause”. This basically means “the menopause before menopause”. This period of time has been proven to be detrimental to the overall health of every woman.
During this time, many brain cells fail to function correctly. The brain cells begin to lose their function as a result of the loss of estrogen. This is because our brains are designed to communicate and work with a specific level of estrogen. Once menopause hits, the estrogen decreases and those brain cells can no longer do their job. As a result, many brain cells lose enzyme activity that is responsible for helping the mitochondria function. The mitochondria are the power house of the cell. When it isn’t functioning properly, every other aspect of your health will begin to decline. It’s common for the blood sugar levels to become imbalanced during this period as well. This lack of brain cell function, combined with the hormonal changes of menopause, creates an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
This is all because of that annoying change in hormones and this is exactly why hormone replacement therapy is an essential for every aging woman!
Of course, there’s no way to skip menopause. It is a natural process and all women must suffer through it. For some, it comes earlier. For others, later than expected. But no matter when it shows up, it brings a hurricane of emotional and hormonal imbalances. There is a way to fight back and reduce your risks and that is what we are going to look at in this article.
3 Ways To Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s
- A well-balanced diet is essential as you’re getting older. Our bodies no longer produce and process many of the essentials we need to stay healthy. Without these essentials, certain cognitive functions begin to fail, such as memory and reasoning skills. The physical changes often relate to arthritis and can be hard to live with for many people. Your “diet” should consist of:
- Fresh fruit (especially antioxidants, like blueberries)
- Vegetables (any type that boosts metabolism is welcomed)
- Fish (Omega-3, if you want to get specific – you can just buy a supplement or add fish oil to your recipes)
- Eggs (rich source of choline)
- Vegan alternatives (as dairy can be hard to process as you’re getting older)
- Antioxidants (like Vitamin C, Vitamin E and flaxseed)
As with a nutrient-rich diet, you’ll want to steer clear of sugar and overly processed foods. The occasional processed food is fine, but in moderation. You need real food that offers real nutrients in order for your body and your mind to function properly.
Although you are supposed to avoid sugary foods, don’t worry about treating yourself every once and a while. A little bit of sugar doesn’t hurt in moderation.
- The right amount of exercise is always beneficial. Now, many forms of “working out” may be significantly challenging. You’ll want to opt for exercise options that are light on your body and good for your whole body. Light exercises keep your blood pumping, which benefits your heart and your brain. Here are a few examples of light aerobic exercise:
- Jogging or running
- Biking (particularly on stationary machine)
- Hormone replacements can help to balance some of the functions in your body and mind. These don’t have to be chemical supplements. There are all-natural supplements for hormone replacement. Unfortunately, they are not covered by any type of government health or work place insurance. You have to buy these supplements at full cost from a speciality store.
If the supplements help to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, it’s probably worth the shopping trip!
Of course, these aren’t easy changes to make if they aren’t a part of your lifestyle. They are rewarding though. Along with reducing your risk for Alzheimer’s, food and exercise can reduce your risk for:
- Mood disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Heart complications
- Digestive issues
- Degenerative bone disorders (arthritis, osteoarthritis)
The list goes on and on. Arthritis and mood disorders are among the worst changes that we have to face as we age. By staying fit, we keep our minds sharp. By eating well, we keep our bodies strong. These two lifestyle changes can have a drastic impact on your future and your overall health.
It’s never too late to start eating right and getting the right amount of exercise. As with any change, make sure you’re starting slowly. Adjust to your new lifestyle, don’t rush in. This will help you to find a better balance and prevent overwhelming your body.
If you’re not sure what is going to work the best for you, always ask your doctor. You don’t want to risk causing more damage to your body when you’re trying to do what is best. Your doctor will listen to any concerns you have and help you to find a happy balance between your health and your lifestyle.
Now you know the 3 secrets to growing old with grace. You can use diet, exercise and hormone replacements to make the most out of your golden years! Your body will thank you for the work you put into it and your mind will be able to remember the work.processing power.
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