Fast Five Quiz: Alzheimer Disease Management

Jasvinder P. Chawla, MD, MBA


May 23, 2019

In addition to the medications approved for Alzheimer 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 disease, suggesting that cardiorespiratory fitness may modify Alzheimer disease-related brain atrophy. Mental exercise (eg, working crossword puzzles or brainteasers) is proven to decrease the risk for and progression of Alzheimer disease.

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

For more on exercise and other activities to prevent or slow progression of Alzheimer disease, read here and here.


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