Wow, is that possible? If there was a pill you could take each day to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimers by 60% it would be an epic multi-billion dollar block buster drug. The Wall Street Journal had a fascinating story about Our Amazing Plastic Brains this Saturday. Research in the past concluded that there was not much you could do with brain problems and reversing damage. It turns out that is not true. There are new and under publicized dementia treatment options.
In the article, they cite the most detailed and longest study on the impact of consistent exercise and proper diet on the odds getting dementia. They studied over 2000 men for 30 years. As you would guess it is common sense. Check out this short video I did on being a 3%’er about the Michigan State study about healthy lifestyles. It will give your more details. Currently only 3% of people in America follow these simple keys. If you are doing it yet, it is time to start! Jim Rohn used to say that if you have lazy health habits now it will greatly diminish your ability to enjoy the rest of your life. That is well said.
I am sure you could figure what is essential – do not smoke, proper weight, at least 4 ( I suggest 9 servings, try the Get Switched On Smoothie and it is easy.) servings of fruits and veggies, limit alcohol to one a day and vigorous exercise. Another study I read from Canada added exercising the brain with reading, cross word puzzles and to keep learning something new.
If you are reading this now, it says a lot about you. You are here for a reason. You can add 10 – 20 high quality years to your life but take action now. The study was focused on men. Ladies I can not imagine this advice not impacting you too.
Here is what you can do:
1. Watch the 3%’er video
3. Download the Get Switched On Energy Schedule and make a commitment of the minimum number of days you will get 30 minutes of exercise – where you actually sweat. Sign it and post on the mirror in your bathroom. It works! This is my 20th year of tracking my workouts. You can manage it if you can measure it.
4. If you want more proof read the WSJ article. If you need to lose weight quickly watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross on NETFLIX.
5. Get clear WHY you will take action right now if you need to, your life may depend on it.