Already it’s November and on Facebook many are taking on the “30 day Thankful Challenge” this month. It’s wonderful to see the newsfeed filled with thoughts of warmth and love as people list daily what they are most thankful for in their lives. Obviously we’re fast heading towards Thanksgiving, but beyond that we are on… Read more »
Diabetes is at an all-time high in the U.S. The CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation states that 1 percent of the population, which is about a half of a million people, had diagnosed diabetes in 1958. In 2015, around 9.4 percent of the population in the U.S. had diabetes, including 30.2 million adults aged 18… Read more »
November has been deemed National Alzheimer’s Awareness month. President Ronald Reagan first designated the month to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) awareness in 1983. Less than 2 million Americans were afflicted with AD in the early 1980’s; today that number has more than doubled at approximately 5.4 million. It’s estimated that approximately 1 in every 2 families… Read more »
Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, right? So, why should we not enjoy it to the fullest? Go ahead and splurge on that double portion or extra dessert! Well, maybe that isn’t a good idea, afterall. Gaining weight during the holidays has become a national pastime. Year after year, we tell ourselves we won’t… Read more »
FACT #10. Due to recent intensive research efforts, there are many new medications in the pipeline for approval to treat AD. The disease is NOT hopeless, in fact, the earlier AD is diagnosed, the higher the success rate is for slowing down or preventing further brain damage. Although there is no cure for AD today,… Read more »
FACT #9. Learning about AD risk factors and managing them early in life has been shown in research studies to delay or prevent cognitive problems, and promote brain health into the senior years.
FACT #8. What’s good for the heart is good for the brain. Adhering to a heart healthy diet and lifestyle regime has been shown to lend itself to AD prevention. Heart disease raises the risk for AD. Therefore, seeing a doctor regularly for screening and early intervention of heart disease is important.
FACT #7. The myth that memory loss is a normal part of aging works against early diagnosis of AD. Some medical professionals fall victim to this misperception. Early screening, particularly for people with memory problems, is vital to effective diagnosis and treatment of the disease.