There is no treatment for Alzheimer’s disease or age-related cognitive decline.
However, we do know about all sorts of risk factors that raise the risk of cognitive decline with age, so if you work on those risk factors, you can at least lower your risk of developing cognitive decline as you get older.
To that end, 2 recent studies point out what you can easily do.
In one, people who followed the MIND diet had a better cognitive prognosis than those who didn’t, and interestingly, this diet worked well to slow cognitive loss even for those who already had some signs of impaired cognition at the start of the study.
This study involved elderly individuals so one can only assume that younger people would benefit even more from following this pretty easy diet – they would just have a much longer period to help their brain.
In another study, people who were diagnosed with high blood pressure at ages 35-44 had smaller brain size and were more likely to develop dementia compared to people who had normal blood pressure at that age.
And in yet another study, researchers concluded that “the greater the depressive symptoms (in middle age), the lower the cognition and the faster the rates of decline (later in life)”.
Eat well, try to stay happy, keep your blood pressure under control, and you have a much better chance of keeping your thinking skills intact as you age.