To my surprise this week I heard Alzheimer's / Dementia referred to as a plague. A plague? Like the Blubonic Plague? Like the plague of locusts we remember every year at Passover? Since when has a chronic disease been a plague? I got to thinking ....what is the definition of plague and how does it fit here?
It's not an easy answer. According to the online dictionaries of the world there seems to be a consensuses that the definition of a "plague" is a wide spread highly contagious infection of some sort causing wide spread death or involves insect infestation followed by devastation.
Interesting but this does not describe Alzheimer's or Dementia. So I investigated a little further and came up with this definition from the online Collins Dictionary that a plague is a pestilence, affliction, or calamity on a large scale and the online Oxford Dictionaries defines a plague as a thing causing trouble or irritation. Two definitions I can work with here.
The Collins Dictionary definition of a plague when referring to Alzheimer's is definitely a calamity on a large scale.
According to the Alzheimer's Association Facts and Figures:
- 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease
- One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer's disease
- Sixth-leading cause of death in the United States
And the Oxford Dictionary description can be applied here as well. If you know someone who has Alzheimer's or Dementia it can be said it is a thing that can cause trouble or irritation to put it mildly just ask anyone who has known someone or lives with someone with Alzheimer's or Dementia.
So there you have it a plague it is. The Alzheimer's Plague is here.
Now you know ... what now?
Start reducing your risks. As Dr. David Katz said at a conference I attended last year
"It's never too late to get started on the road to better health".
You and you alone are responsible for your own health.
Not a doctor, health care system, your friend or family.
We do what we can to help, but it's up to you to take those baby steps in the right direction.
Dr. Oz has a 5 Step Plan that is a good one for Alzheimer's prevention.
However, I would like to add one more step. I thought I would share it with you.
5-Step Alzheimer's Prevention Plan plus 1 More
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1. DHA Supplement
2. Brain Stimulating Switchups
3. 7-7-7 Stress Busting Breaths
4. Tease Your Memory
5. Brain Pushups
6. Eat a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats.
Research shows that a healthy diet not only keeps your brain healthy, it keeps the rest of your body healthy too. The USDA recommends 6 cups of fruits and veggies every day. If you can't, won't or don't know how to add them we recommend Juice Plus+ Whole Food to help you.
The website HelpGuide.org has a 6 Pillars to Brain Health approach click here to learn more.
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C2 Your Health LLC