A new report titled, “Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging,” came out today showing that certain environmental factors have a direct link to an increased Alzheimer’s risk. What really got me is that we begin our exposure to these risks while still in the womb.
The report lists specific threats such as:
- Air Pollution
- Dietary Risk Factors
- Sedentary Lifestyle
Co-author Jill Stein, M.D. states, “â€œIt is clear from these findings that our activities in the areas of food and agriculture, energy, chemical use, and social organization are key drivers in the abnormal loss of neurological function in older people throughout the modern world.â€
The good news is that the report suggests that the risk can be reduced by such things as
- Eating healthy and nutritious food, and avoiding common hazards in the typical modern diet;
- Staying active physically and mentally;
- Avoiding harmful toxicants and pollutants; and,
- Being socially engaged with family, friends and community.
In particular, the report cites a study that showed exercise just two times a week decreased the risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s by up to 50%.
You can read the full report by clicking here.