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Reducing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Regular exercise and social engagement may decrease the risk of developing dementia.
- There is some evidence that the Mediterranean diet may help lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease, as well. This diet includes foods like fruits, vegetables , grains, beans, seeds, olive oil, and fish.
- Drinking alcohol may be beneficial, But it is drinking in moderation, one drink per day for women, two drinks per day for men.
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9/18/2009 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance : Anstey KJ, Mack HA, Cherbuin N. Alcohol consumption as a risk factor for dementia and cognitive decline: meta-analysis of prospective studies. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry . 2009;17:542-555.
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4/8/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance : Sofi F, Abbate R, Gensini GF, Casini A. Accruing evidence on benefits of adherence to the Mediterranean diet on health: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Clin Nutr . 2010;92(5):1189-1196.
- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013