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Diet & Exercise

Reviewed by Benedict Albensi, PhD, BCMAS, CRQM

People in the early and middle stages of Alzheimer's Disease can benefit from physical exercise. In fact, for people in the early stages, physical exercise can yield even better results on slowing memory loss than medication.
A heart-healthy diet is usually a brain-healthy diet. Increase the person's intake of protein (such as eating fish), decrease fatty foods (including sugars and red meats), and eat more vegetables. The more color on the plate, the better! The benefits of this Mediterranean diet are seen most in early to moderate stages. People in the moderate to late stages may experience changes in taste preferences and prefer to eat sweets. That's ok! In the later stages of disease, the person can eat whatever they desire.

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