How to Fend Off Alzheimer's with Natalie Morales
The Doctors Get Real about Popular TikTok Hacks
Ask an Expert: Essential Summer Sleep Tips to Beat the Heat
Ask an Expert: The Vital Post-Surgery Steps You Need to Follow
Cult Expert Rick Ross Identifies Popular Groups That Could Be Cu…
Ask an Expert: Why Colorectal Cancer Rates are Rising in Young P…
3 Things to Discuss before Your Divorce
See Burn Victim’s Transformation after Treatment!
How Does a Fracturing Laser Treatment Work to Treat Burn Scars?
Woman Is Healing Her Scars from the Inside Out!
Why the Butt Lift Is the Latest Surging Plastic Surgery Trend
Actress Shares the Joy of Working during Lockdown
Childhood Burn Victim Returns after Years of Scar Treatment
Actress Eva LaRue on Grieving Her Pandemic Losses
Who Is the Ideal Patient for a Non-Surgical Butt Lift?
Jim Gray Shares What Makes Someone the Greatest Athlete of All T…
Ask an Expert: 5 Reasons There Is Blood in Your Stool
The Doctors' Favorite Products to Elevate Your Next Bathroom Tri…
Kamala Harris and Nicole Kidman’s Hair Stylist on the ‘Look’ Eve…
4 Relationship Issues That Could Lead to Divorce
Can lifestyle choices, like the food you eat and getting regular exercise, help to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s?
The Doctors welcome Dr. Lisa Mosconi, who wrote, "The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer's Disease", and NBC News’ Natalie Morales, an Alzheimer’s champion who lost her mother-in-law Kay the disease, to discuss.
Dr. Mosconi explains the top risk factor for Alzheimer’s is age, followed by simply just being a woman, noting that 20 percent of women aged 45 and up may develop Alzheimer’s and that almost two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s patients in America are women. Sh explains women lose the hormone estrogen (which provides the brain protection from harm) as they age, which can be linked to the risk of developing the disease.
Some possible way to prevent developing Alzheimer’s, according to Dr. Mosconi, include:
Increase, boost or maintain your estrogen levels: She says some women may need hormonal replacement therapy if their estrogen levels are off and she says to speak with your doctor to determine if this approach is right for you.
Eat more plants: "If you eat enough plant-based foods with regularity, that is effectively like a very gentle hormonal therapy," she notes, suggesting women eat estrogen-rich plants like flax seeds, sesame seeds, chickpeas, dried apricots, figs, whole grains, legumes, and berries. She notes that even just have 2 to 3 servings of berries each week can help reduce your risk of cognitive decline.
Exercise: Staying active is so important to one's overall health including brain health. Dr. Mosconi explains that women who are physically fit during mid-life have a 30 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. She suggests getting moderate-intensity exercise, 3 to 4 times per week, is very beneficial for our brains.
Staying social and maintaining friendships: The Alzheimer’s expert says keeping in contact with friends and making sure you have a support system in place can lower stress levels and help the brain.
Continue to learn and challenge your brain: Dr. Mosconi also notes that keeping the synapses of the brain firing is like exercise for the brain. She says things like learning a new hobby, watching an inforamtive documentary, or learning a new language can all keep the brain active and engaged and be very beneficial to the overall brain health.
*CBSi may earn an affiliate commission if you purchase something through featured links above.