The Step-By-Step Alzheimer’s Regimen

Take action against mental decline and prevent Alzheimer's disease before it starts.

The Step-By-Step Alzheimer’s Regimen

Scientific breakthroughs and new research have shown that there are solutions we can all take to prevent or reduce our individual risks of developing Alzhemier's disease and improve brain health. Neurologists Dr. Richard Isaacson and Dr. Ayesha Sherzai, along with researcher Max Lugavere, outlined the following five guidelines that will help you protect your brain now and in the years to come. These recommendations make up the acronym NEURO, and each letter represents the area of focus for each of these guidelines — nutrition, exercise, unwinding, restful sleep, and optimizing social activity.

Watch: Protect Yourself From Alzheimer's Disease

Step 1: Cut Simple Carbs by 10%

Since sugar can cause your brain to function less efficiently, it’s especially crucial to remove simple carbs from your diet to keep your sugar levels stable and your brain happy. Craving a sandwich? You can still have one. Just reach for the high fiber, whole-wheat bread instead.

Watch: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Explains How Sugar Affects the Brain

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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