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Dr. Oz shares 5-step Alzheimer’s prevention plan

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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and there is no cure for this disease. People with Alzheimer’s disease eventually die from the disease as it has been known to worsen as it progresses.

On Tuesday April 1 Dr. Oz and neurologist Dr. Majid Fotuhi shared 5 steps that one can take to strengthen your brain or to help someone with symptoms prevent any further progression of the disease.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can live between 4 and 20 years but the average is 8 years after symptoms become noticeable.

Most people with Alzheimer’s are 65 years and older but early onset Alzheimer’s can be present among those in their 40’s and 50’s.

The is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease but Dr. Oz has offered tips to help prevent dementia symptoms and help improve the quality of life.

1. DHA supplement – DHA or Docosahexaenoic acid, is an omega-3 fatty acid that is found in brain tissue. Taking a DHA supplement reduces inflammation, combats the plaque buildup associated with Alzheimer’s, and increases blood flow to your brain.

2. Stimulate brain with variety – Add variety to your routine to cross-train your brain muscles. Changes in your mental and physical routine can lower your risk of dementia.

3. 7-7-7 Stress Buster - Three times a day, close the door, remove your shoes and socks, and lower the lights. Breathe in for 7 seconds; hold it for another 7; then exhale for a final 7 seconds. Repeat the technique seven times to help “reset” your brain and get your cortisol levels under control.

4. Tease your memory – Use word association to strengthen your memory. Word association consists of exchanging words that are associated together. According to Dr. Oz we have the ability to memorize 20-30 items or words simply by associated a person, place or event with the word. Practicing word association regularly can help strengthen your memory and help prevent symptoms of dementia.

5. Do push-ups – According to Dr. Oz that push-ups are the most important steps to strengthening your brain muscles. Doing push-ups or more a day will help stimulate blood flow to your brain and generate new brain cells, which is the most effective weapon in fighting cognitive disease.

Dr. Oz recommends using these techniques daily to help boost your brain power and discourage symptoms of brain disease including Alzheimer’s.

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