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Engaging the mind 'can lower Alzheimer's risk'

Engaging the mind 'can lower Alzheimer's risk'
30th December 2008

Regularly engaging the mind can lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and dementia, an expert believes.

Activities which are mentally challenging - such as completing a crossword puzzle, playing chess or reading - could have a protective effect on the brain, according to Dr Joel Augustin, a doctor based at Rush University Medical Centre in the US.

Experts at the same institution have suggested that drinking a small amount of red wine could have beneficial effects on health.

However, it has been stated that women in particular should be careful not to drink excessively, due to the potential risk of harm to their liver.

"Women are at higher overall risk of liver problems than men, so they are more likely to experience liver problems from smaller amounts of alcohol," commented Dr Carline Quander, a gastroenterologist at Rush University Medical Centre.

Another expert in the US has suggested that moderate exercise taken just twice a week could help prevent the onset of dementia.

Dr Zaldy Tan, of the Memory Disorders Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre at Harvard University in Boston, said an active lifestyle can delay its progression even in individuals who have already been diagnosed with the condition.

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