The cause of Alzheimer disease is not known. Living a healthy lifestyle may help lower the risk. Here are some tips:

  • Exercise regularly. Aim for 150 minutes or more of physical activity each week.
  • Eat a healthful diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables , grains, beans, seeds, olive oil, and fish.
  • Drinking alcohol may help decrease the risk, but it should be used in moderation. This means no more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. Drinking too much can increase the risk of dementia.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Reach or maintain a healthy weight.
  • Manage high blood pressure , high cholesterol , and diabetes.
  • Cognitive training programs may maintain brain function.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
  • Review Date: 09/2019 -
  • Update Date: 10/09/2019 -