The number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease is growing — and growing fast. An estimated 5.5 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease.
Of the estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2017, an estimated 5.3 million are age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 and have younger-onset Alzheimer's.
- One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer's dementia.
- Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women.
- African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias...
Embrace lifestyle habits that improve your overall health, such as exercising, consuming a nutritious diet — and staying cognitively and socially active. Science suggests these may support brain health as well. It’s never too late to make changes to achieve a healthier lifestyle — or too early to start.
Mentally challenging activities, such as learning a new skill, adopting a new hobby or engaging in formal education, may have short and long-term benefits for your brain. To keep your mind active, it is important to participate in activities that expose your mind to new topics....
Eating a heart-healthy diet benefits both your body and your brain. In general, this is a diet that is lower in saturated fats. Research in the area of the relationship between diet and cognitive functioning is somewhat limited, but it does point to the benefits of two diets in particular: the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet and the Mediterranean diet. These diets can help reduce heart disease and may also be able to reduce risk of dementia.
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)
The DASH diet aims to reduce blood pressure:
- Eat foods...
Physical activity is a valuable part of any overall body wellness plan and is associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline. If it’s safe for you, engage in cardiovascular exercise to elevate your heart rate. This will increase the blood flow to your brain and body, providing additional nourishment while reducing potential dementia risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
Consider physical activities that may also be mentally or socially engaging, such as walking with a friend, taking a dance class, joining an exercise group or...
Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body. Start now. It’s never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits.
Break a sweat.
Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.
Hit the books.
Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of...
by Ward W. Bond, PhD
Popeye never had a migraine headache. Want to know why? Spinach of course! Spinach is a food that targets the entire digestive tract, both the alimentary section of the body which consists of the stomach, duodenum, small intestines and then the colon.
Migraines can be caused by many things such as hormones, food sensitivities, food allergies, chemicals, pollutions, stress and yes your gut. The gut is the most forgotten part of the body when people suffer with migraines. Pain medicines may help for a short time, but there’s a vital connection between your gut...
"Well, have no fear and don't get all stressed out as there are some natural things you can do to help relieve the stress and prevent anymore gray hair. It maybe the season for Santa, but you don't have to end up looking like him!" - Ward W. Bond, PhD
The holidays are among us and yes all the stress that comes with it. The financial stresses, the shopping in stores and online hoping to find that special gift and...
Mental disorders are common. You may have a friend, colleague, or relative with a mental disorder, or perhaps you have experienced one yourself at some point. Such disorders include depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and many others.
Some people who develop a mental illness may recover completely; others may have repeated episodes of illness with relatively stable periods in between. Still others live with symptoms of mental illness every day. They can be moderate, or serious and cause severe disability.
Through research, we know that mental disorders...
If you have type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease could be just around the corner… according to a just-reported study.
The new study showed that diabetes patients have far more “brain tangles,” twisted protein strands found in dying brain cells, which have been directly linked with Alzheimer’s disease. And this could be why people with type 2 diabetes face double the risk of developing that debilitating condition and other forms of dementia.
In their quest to uncover this connection, scientists recruited 124 people with type 2 diabetes and 692 without it – all older adults,...
June 21, 2015 by therestdoctor
It’s summer, so why are people so anxious? Enjoying the guilty pleasure of reading the newspaper one day you learn 1. College students stuffed with anxiety are overwhelming college health services 2. Young investment bankers and hedge funders overcome by work are jumping out of windows 3. South Koreans terrified of MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) are staying away from doctors and hospitals for fear of infection and –
When it comes to international stress, this is a very long list. But it’s still summer. Life is not riskless, fate and chance will still steer our lives, but trees are...