11. Head Injuries
A bump on the head may not increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, severe head injuries or those sustained by individuals over the age of 55 may contribute to the risk of Alzheimer’s. Frequent or repetitive less traumatic injuries may also affect your brain’s health over time. Take care to protect your head and brain by wearing a helmet when participating in activities such as biking, rollerblading, or skiing. As you get older, take care to avoid tripping or falling by using handrails on stairs, removing throw rugs from your floors, and avoiding icy sidewalks.
One complication of diabetes is damage to the blood vessels. This can result in decreased blood supply to the brain. Insulin resistance itself may also be a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s may be linked to diabetes when the brain is unable to properly use glucose and react to insulin in diabetic patients. If you have diabetes, you can decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by committing to keeping your diabetes under control. Visit your physician regularly, consume a healthy diet, and get plenty of exercise. If your doctor has prescribed medications for you, be sure to use them as directed.
9. Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a central nervous system disorder in which individuals suffer from tremors, movement difficulties, muscle rigidity, and speech impairment. As the disease progresses, they may go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease as well. Medications to increase dopamine levels in the brain may help with the physical symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. However, according to Alzheimer’s Community Care, they do not decrease the mental decline that can accompany this condition.