Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Biomarkers for Alzheimer's

The Early show reported that researchers have identified a protein biomarker that may be helpful in Alzheimer's prevention. It has been determined that 3 stages of the disease exist: Preclinical, Mild impairment and full blown Alzheimer's. It is in the preclinical stage that the newly identified biomarkers will be of particular importance, as this stage can occur approximately 10 years before other symptoms become apparent.

We all are aware that age is a primary risk factor, with the risk doubling after the age of 65. Additional risk factors include family history, head injuries and body weight. Speaking of body weight - a nutritious diet with a variety of food from each food group is extremely beneficial.

What is good for your heart is also good for your head:
  • Maintain a healthy weight with a good balance of exercise and food.
  • Limit foods with high saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • Cut down on sugars.
  • Limit foods with high sodium and use less salt.
  • Stay hydrated (some people may have fluid restrictions due to another medical condition, such as heart failure or liver cirrhosis). (Source: WebMD)
the above tips and discussion can be found by visiting http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/alzheimers-nutrition.

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