Obesity is a contributing factor to the development of conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Therefore, it stands to reason that obesity may be a contributing factor to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Making lifestyle changes to achieve a healthy weight can result in both a healthier body and a healthier mind. A healthful diet consisting of green vegetables, lean proteins, fiber, and healthy fats nourishes the body and provides needed fuel for daily activities. Fresh air and exercise keep the heart pumping and stimulate the brain.
4. Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1)
The herpes virus is one of several infections that may be linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. While HSV-1, the virus that causes cold sores, may not be the cause of Alzheimer’s, it may be a symptom that the disease is present. A gene known as ApoE4 is linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals with this gene may also develop herpes infections in their brains, and these infections may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, frequent herpes infections may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease due to the effects of inflammation on brain tissue.
Bacterial pneumonia is an infection that affects the respiratory system. The bacteria Chlamydophila pneumoniae may also affect the brain cells of certain patients, resulting in Alzheimer’s disease. There is conflicting evidence as to whether C. pneumoniae directly causes Alzheimer’s. However, taking care to avoid infection through frequent hand washing, avoiding sick people, and getting a yearly flu vaccine may help lower your risk.