Fast Five Quiz: Alzheimer's Disease Management

Jasvinder P. Chawla, MD, MBA; Shaheen E. Lakhan, MD, PhD, MS, MEd

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December 21, 2022

In addition to the medications approved for Alzheimer's disease, regular physical and cognitive exercise routines are strategies to prevent and slow disease progression. Increased cardiorespiratory fitness levels are associated with higher hippocampal volumes in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease, suggesting that cardiorespiratory fitness may modify Alzheimer's disease–related brain atrophy. Furthermore, many experts believe that mental exercise (eg, working crossword puzzles or brainteasers) may decrease the risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Excessive sleep and solitary activities, decreased brain stimulation and muscle rest, and a high-carbohydrate diet with low vitamin D intake are not appropriate strategies to prevent, slow, and treat Alzheimer's disease.

Learn more about exercise and other activities to prevent or slow progression of Alzheimer's disease.

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