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Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive brain disease that destroys brain cells and causes memory loss, changes in behavior and loss of body functions, is the sixth-leading cause of deaths in the United States.
*Source: Alzheimer’s Association
 

Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention

Alzheimer’s disease – a progressive brain disease that destroys brain cells and causes memory loss, changes in behavior and loss of body functions – is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth-leading cause of death for those 65 and older. Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased by two-thirds from 2000 to 2008, even as the deaths from other major diseases such as breast cancer, prostate cancer and heart disease declined.

Help Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Control high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
  • Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and lean protein, particularly protein sources containing omega-3 fatty acids
  • Stop smoking
  • Be active – physically, mentally, and socially

Tests and Screenings for Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
 
 
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