Billions of dollars are being invested in an attempt to develop a magic-bullet cure for Alzheimer's, a heart-wrenching disease affecting more than 5.4 million Americans. But despite the promising announcements that regularly appear in the newsfeed, we remain years if not decades away from a pharmaceutical answer to this devastating condition.
What makes this situation even more frustrating for those of us on the front lines is the simple, straightforward knowledge that, by and large, Alzheimer's disease is a preventable situation. It's now well-established in our most well-respected, peer-reviewed scientific journals that lifestyle choices play a powerfully important role in determining who does and who doesn't end up with Alzheimer's dementia.
My last two books, Grain Brain and Brain Maker, were deep dives focused on why the brain degenerates and looking at it from a detailed scientific perspective. My new book, The Grain-Brain Whole-Life Plan is dedicated to how to embrace this new science and incorporate it into a life plan that paves the way not only for brain health but also for overall health. Here are five of the most important things you can do, starting today: