Genetic Risk for Alzheimer's

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Family history is my own major risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, with my father showing symptoms at age seventy-two. I cannot rewrite my family history. However, I do take the following steps each day to reduce my risk of Alzheimer's disease.

-- Get seven to eight hours of sleep a night after treating my obstructive sleep apnea

--Schedule and prioritize my day to prevent overcommitments and undue stress

--eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, and fish.

--Exercise at least five times a week, thirty minutes each time of moderate exercise

--Read, study, and continue to educate my brain daily.

--Take time to renew my spirit with medication, prayer, and worship.

-- Enjoy social gatherings with family and friends on a regular basis. All of these steps are vital to keep my hormones balanced, to decrease levels of stress hormone cortisol that increase with age, and to reduce the chances of Alzheimer's disease--and all of these steps are within my control.

The Anti-Alzheimer's Prescription, Dr. Vincent Fortanasce, M.D.

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