Can meditation lower your risk of Alzheimer’s?

Can meditation lower your risk of Alzheimer’s?

Article by: Dnyanada Sahasrabudhe

More than 6 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (AD). People suffering from the disease undergo gradual memory loss, mood changes, personality changes, problems recognizing family & friends and find it difficult to carry day-to-day tasks. 

On a molecular level, AD is caused due to an abnormal build-up of proteins in and around brain cells. Although it is unknown what triggers this process, scientists link multiple factors such as genetic predisposition, age, gender, stress, hypertension, compromised cardiovascular fitness, depression or a sedentary lifestyle to the onset of the disease phenotype. 

Although investigated by multiple research laboratories worldwide, there is no cure available for this tragic disease. Current pharmacological interventions focus on altering the disease progression or help temporarily ease its symptoms. 

If the disease can’t be treated, and very little is known about the disease etiology, so the question that arises is, can meditation lower your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease? 

A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showed that practising meditation for 12 minutes a day for 12 weeks significantly improves the performance of older adults in cognitive and memory tasks, as well as enhances mood, sleep and general well-being. It also demonstrated that practising meditation increased the cerebral blood flow in key areas of memory formation and retention in the brain. 

A European Union research project called Silver Santé was launched in 2016 to address the potential of meditation in protecting the elderly from age-associated dementia and Alzheimer’s. The research institute has published multiple reports that highlight the benefits of meditation in the ageing population. In an ongoing clinical trial, they are using blood samples, questionnaires, cognitive tests, sleep assessment, and neuroimaging data as metrics to investigate the role of 18-month meditation intervention in elderly with mild cognitive and memory decline. The findings of this study will formulate the first-ever scientific evidence that connects meditation as a preventative to Alzheimer’s. 

A scientific review written by Dr Dharma Singh Khalsa, the Medical Director of Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation sheds light on the importance of meditation in alleviating key factors such as stress and hypertension associated with AD. 

Meditation might never be the go-to therapeutic option for dangerous diseases like Alzheimer’s. But if you’re concerned about the disease or cognitive decline that runs in your family, or simply want to protect yourself against age-related memory issues as best you can, there is little to no harm in giving meditation a shot. Isn’t it?

Explore a range of expert-curated meditation sessions for a healthier mind and brain.

Can meditation lower your risk of Alzheimer’s?

Article by: Dnyanada Sahasrabudhe

More than 6 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (AD). People suffering from the disease undergo gradual memory loss, mood changes, personality changes, problems recognizing family & friends and find it difficult to carry day-to-day tasks. 

On a molecular level, AD is caused due to an abnormal build-up of proteins in and around brain cells. Although it is unknown what triggers this process, scientists link multiple factors such as genetic predisposition, age, gender, stress, hypertension, compromised cardiovascular fitness, depression or a sedentary lifestyle to the onset of the disease phenotype. 

Although investigated by multiple research laboratories worldwide, there is no cure available for this tragic disease. Current pharmacological interventions focus on altering the disease progression or help temporarily ease its symptoms. 

If the disease can’t be treated, and very little is known about the disease etiology, so the question that arises is, can meditation lower your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease? 

A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showed that practising meditation for 12 minutes a day for 12 weeks significantly improves the performance of older adults in cognitive and memory tasks, as well as enhances mood, sleep and general well-being. It also demonstrated that practising meditation increased the cerebral blood flow in key areas of memory formation and retention in the brain. 

A European Union research project called Silver Santé was launched in 2016 to address the potential of meditation in protecting the elderly from age-associated dementia and Alzheimer’s. The research institute has published multiple reports that highlight the benefits of meditation in the ageing population. In an ongoing clinical trial, they are using blood samples, questionnaires, cognitive tests, sleep assessment, and neuroimaging data as metrics to investigate the role of 18-month meditation intervention in elderly with mild cognitive and memory decline. The findings of this study will formulate the first-ever scientific evidence that connects meditation as a preventative to Alzheimer’s. 

A scientific review written by Dr Dharma Singh Khalsa, the Medical Director of Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation sheds light on the importance of meditation in alleviating key factors such as stress and hypertension associated with AD. 

Meditation might never be the go-to therapeutic option for dangerous diseases like Alzheimer’s. But if you’re concerned about the disease or cognitive decline that runs in your family, or simply want to protect yourself against age-related memory issues as best you can, there is little to no harm in giving meditation a shot. Isn’t it?

Explore a range of expert-curated meditation sessions for a healthier mind and brain.

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