Prevention

Current prevention treatment strategies are to reduce risk factors of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders (ADRD). Reducing or managing these risk factors is associated with delaying the onset of cognitive impairment by 3 or more years. This delay adds onto that achieved by early detection and treatment of AD, which can delay symptom progression an additional 2 to 6 years. For a typical individual who would first develop symptoms at 74 years old, prevention will push the onset of symptoms out to age 77 or older, and early detection and treatment will delay the onset of moderate dementia to between 88 and 91 years old. This combined approach means that you can avoid spending your final years in a nursing home, preserve your memories and abilities, and maintain independence and dignity.

Here are the two most important things you should do to prevent or delay ADRD onset and progression.

Manage Your Risk Factors for ADRD

There are many risk factors you can manage by choosing a healthy lifestyle and by using appropriate risk-reducing strategies. These risk factors include but are not limited to:

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • High or Low Blood Pressure
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Chronic Lung Disease
  • Alcohol or Drug Abuse
  • Depression or Bipolar Disorder
  • Head Injury
  • Severe Estrogen (hysterectomy, menopause) or Testosterone Deficiency (andropause)
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Obesity

Detect the Earliest Signs of Memory Loss

Medical research shows that the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD) can be delayed by 5 or more years. Early detection maximizes treatment effect, helps maintain the highest quality of life, and gives future therapies a greater chance of being beneficial.