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Alzheimer's Early Signs: Declining Sense of Smell Could Be First Warning of Decline, Not Memory Loss

Researchers have determined that a hindered sense of smell could be the first early warning sign of impending Alzheimer’s disease by as much as a decade before memory loss begins, the Independent reports. Since early diagnosis is crucial for staving off the disease, this could be a huge help in determining what therapies are needed early on, the scientists said.

With Alzheimer’s disease at epic proportions — it’s projected that in the next 20 years it will affect 1 in 4 Americans — we need all the help we can get to stop it. So far, there is no cure for it, but we do know that Alzheimer’s shares many of the same risk factors as heart disease. This includes smoking, alcohol use, diabetes, high fasting blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, obesity and high blood pressure, so working on those health issues is a good place for prevention to begin.

It’s a fact that diabetes doubles your risk of Alzheimer’s. Needless to say, the most significant contributor to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes is your diet, more specifically, eating a diet that is excessively high in net carbohydrates (total carbs minus fiber) and too low in healthy fats.

On the flip side, exercise has been shown to protect your brain from Alzheimer's, and also improves quality of life if you've already been diagnosed. The good news is it’s never too late to begin an exercise program, whatever your age.
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