Hello, this is Dr. Romie Mushtaq,
or as everyone knows me, Dr. Romie.
I'm a physician with additional board certification
in integrative medicine, mindfulness expert,
and media personality.
The question I'm answering today is,
is there a way to prevent Alzheimer's disease?
This is a hot topic as we see our population
in the United States aging,
which is the baby boomer generation.
I think the unfortunate situation
that can often occur
is people do not think
about memory decline or Alzheimer's
until they have visited a neurologist, such as myself,
and get a Folstein Mini-Mental Status Exam
and realize that they
may have mild cognitive impairment.
While it is never too late to engage
in certain activities that can help
to improve memory and prevent memory decline,
the earlier we start, the better.
Inflammation and neurodegeneration in the brain
starts to occur very early on in age.
So thinking that we can wait until
we're 50, 60, 70, to worry
about memory is a falsehood.
So some things that are important,
as an integrative medicine physician,
I think is dealing with both the mind and the body.
There is not one pill that will prevent Alzheimer's disease.
It is truly about modifying the lifestyle.
So as far as nutrition,
we know, in clinical studies,
that certain meal plans, nutrition plans,
such as the Mediterranean diet
or having a anti-inflammatory diet
which can be vegetarian, vegan,
have been all shown to be beneficial
in improving cognition and memory.
And especially with the Mediterranean diet,
decreasing the risk of developing memory loss,
and or Alzheimer's dementia.
The second thing that is shown
to be very beneficial in influencing memory
is regular exercise.
20 minutes a day of exercise,
which means you are getting your heart rate up,
has been shown to promote
a chemical in the brain, BDNF,
that actually promotes growth
in the memory centers of the brain.
Third, the latest research coming out
of Harvard Neuroscience Center
shows that meditation is beneficial,
not only for rewiring the brain,
but also restructuring the brain,
and they went so far to say that the changes show
that your memory center
on the functional MRI scans can look as good
as if you were 25 when you're 50.
So in summary,
it is about your nutrition, regular exercise,
and mindfulness exercises such as meditation.
This is just a small tip of the iceberg
on what is a hot topic.
I hope this is helpful to you.
Thank you again,
and this is Dr. Romie.