By | Ashley Lall | www.womansworld.com
Taking care of our brain health becomes increasingly important as we age. It’s estimated that more than 5 million Americans are suffering with Alzheimer’s dementia, and that the condition is the sixth leading cause of death in the country. However, there are a number of ways we can help keep our brains functioning optimally — our diet and lifestyle habits can drastically affect our risk of getting Alzheimer’s.
Most recently, a study on binge drinking revealed that consuming too much alcohol could not only cause an early onset of Alzheimer’s, but also lead to more severe symptoms of the disease.
A growing body of research is showing that excessive alcohol consumption could increase your risk of Alzheimer’s, as alcohol is toxic to the brain. In the most recent study, a team of scientists from Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in New York have more specifically identified how binge drinking can cause the alteration of a normal brain protein into a neurotoxin that is prevalent in Alzheimer’s disease.