National Institute of Health says Alzheimer's may just be genetic - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/28/10

National Institute of Health says Alzheimer's may just be in your genes

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – We've been hearing for years that the best way to fight Alzheimers disease is to exercise the mind. New findings released Wednesday by the National Institute of Health says it's not that easy. The panel could find little, if any evidence that mind games work saying the strongest predictors are simply age and family history with two other problems emerging as risk factors, diabetes and depression, but the Alzheimer's Association is not giving in saying the strongest evidence may not be there yet.

"There have been large studies that have indicated that heart healthy diet, exercise, social activities, etc and mental activities are very good for maintaining your cognitive abilities over time," said Dr. Maria Carrillo, with the Alzheimer's Association.  "Whether those were sufficient enough for today's panel to make a broad recommendation, we obviously saw that they were not."

So, the Alzheimer's Association says don't give up on a healthy diet or those mind games because those things can't hurt and the panel admits more studies are needed.

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