Healthy dieting isn’t just good for losing weight and lowering your risk for heart disease; research shows that it’s also one of the most effective ways to control risk for stroke and dementia. Be smart about your health with these dieting tips from Good Samaritan Hospital .
Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
The Alzheimer’s Association reports that adults who were obese in middle age were twice as likely to develop dementia later in life. Rather than focusing on a target body weight, calculating your body mass index (BMI) can provide a better assessment of your overall health. BMI is calculated from your height and weight, and a healthy BMI range generally falls between 19.0 and 24.0; a person’s risk for obesity-related health problems increases with a BMI above 25.0. Simply limiting caloric intake will help you lose weight. It takes the stomach an average of 30 minutes to signal that it is full, so practice portion control and eat slowly to avoid overeating.
Eat Protective Foods
There are countless trendy “miracle foods” that claim to solve every medical problem, but a balanced and consistent diet is still one of the most effective ways of protecting your brain (and the rest of your body). No single diet will work for everyone, but studies show that a Mediterranean diet that is rich in leafy green vegetables, dark-skinned fruits, whole grains, nuts, and fish provide valuable nutrients while minimizing harmful fats and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Take Your Vitamins
If your diet isn’t as well-rounded as you’d like, some studies suggest that some vitamins such as vitamins E, C, B12, and folate can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. However, keep in mind that vitamin supplements alone will not be enough to combat the effects of poor dieting and a sedentary lifestyle. Be sure to speak with your doctor to ensure that new vitamins or dietary supplements will not interfere with preexisting medical issues or medications.
Good Samaritan Hospital is here to provide the San Jose community with the healthcare resources to build healthy lifestyle habits. From our state-of-the-art Certified Stroke Center to our H2U network, we are always available to answer your questions and provide award-winning care. Contact us online or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011 with any questions about our services.