Category Archives: Alzheimer’s disease

Eat your brain out!
Your weight affects your brain

Apparently the daily calorie intake in midlife can affect your cognitive abilities and the risk for Alzheimer’s disease later on. On average the brain shrinks with age, but being overweight appears to accelerate the process. Being overweight might shrink your … Continue reading

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Can smoking protect you from Alzheimer’s disease?

The results of studies on the association between cigarette smoking and Alzheimer’s disease have been contradictory through the years. Earlier case-control studies suggested an inverse relationship between smoking and Alzheimer’s disease, i.e. that smoking seemed to have a protective … … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Clooney and Costner: Frontotemporal dementia

Alzheimer´s disease is probably the best known of the progressive dementias. A recent survey conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and Alzheimer Europe also showed that this is a disease that very many fear. But there are other … Continue reading

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High blood pressure can slowly and quietly damage your brain

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. During each heartbeat, blood pressure varies between a maximum (systolic) and a minimum (diastolic) pressure. If this pressure rises and … Continue reading

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Chronic diabetes and the brain

Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from the body’s inability to produce or use insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. After food consumption, … Continue reading

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Physical exercise can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease

In my last post I discussed the positive impact of exercise on brain structure and function. For those of you who are constantly on the lookout for something to help with your motivation to exercise, I have more good news: … Continue reading

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Alzheimer´s disease? Oh no, it´s just his age!

How do you picture yourself as you get older? Weak? Forgetful? Lonely and unhealthy? Or do you expect to be happy, physically active, surrounded by friends and family and still learning new things? These are important questions. Your answers to … Continue reading

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