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Can we prevent Alzheimer’s? Murali Doraiswamy MD (@Duke_Medicine)

  • Murali is a Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He states that the average risk is 10%. If you have a relative with Alzheimer’s, your risk goes up to 30%, and 25% of whites carry a gene mutation. Aging is the biggest single risk factor. Fifteen minutes of yoga is better than fifteen minutes of aerobic activity. The disease may start 15-20 years before memory problems show up. Life style is more important than the genetic aspect. If you cannot remember what you forgot, you may have a problem. (If something you can’t remember comes back later you are probably ok.) Watch your blood pressure, weight, lipids, and sugar. Heart problems lead to brain problems. Eat a heart healthy Mediterranean diet. All meat eaters build up plaques in the brain. Curcumin, a component of curry, finds plaque and goes after it. Aerobic exercise is amazingly effective in changing the size and shape of your brain. More networks in your brain allows your brain to reroute signals. Always be curious. Be like a baby. This builds up cognitive reserve. Socialize a lot. Also check out his book Super Brain coauthored with Depak Chopra/
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