Tag Archives: Alzheimer’s disease

Sleep disorders in Alzheimer’s disease: chicken or egg?

The sleeping brain Sleep has a vital restorative function, important for optimal day-time functioning. The brain’s activity during sleep can be detected with a device called electroencephalogram (EEG), which measures and records the electrical activity in the brain. EEG studies … Continue reading

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Moderate consumption of alcohol may protect your brain

Long term alcohol abuse can lead to brain shrinkage (both gray and white matter), impairment of mental capacities and dementia. Conversely, moderate alcohol use seems to have positive impact on brain function. Structural brain changes The long-term effects of alcohol … Continue reading

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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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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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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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