Health Tips That Cut Your Risk of Alzheimer’s and Stroke

Posted 06/14/2012 | By HealthCorps

Another reason to get a good night’s sleep? People who wake up more than five times per night or are awake more than 15% of the time they are in bed to sleep, have a higher risk of developing early Alzheimer’s disease. Experts are not sure if the poor sleep causes the brain changes or vice versa.

Eating citrus fruits that have anti-oxidants called flavanones seems to have an anti-inflammatory effect and also neuroprotective properties, both of which seem to reduce the risk of ischemic strokes in women. The study researchers also postulate a similar effect in men.

Despite all the talk about achieving adequate levels of vitamin D, blood levels above 21 nanograms can increase levels of C-reactive protein, an indicator associated with cardiac disease. If you are on a vitamin D supplement your doctor should periodically check your vitamin D blood levels.

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