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Research6Increasingly, Alzheimer’s specialists and researchers stress the importance of early detection. In fact, most drugs now considered as possible methods for holding off Alzheimer’s symptoms seem to be dependent on starting the drug early – as much as a decade earlier than symptoms appear. The question that travels hand in hand with these studies is who should start these drugs if they do prove to be effective? It’s not prudent to simply give the drugs to the whole aging population.

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Hi Melanie,
I'm sorry about the delay in my answer but there was a technical glitch that allowed me to publish your comment but not my replay :) Anyway, it's working today :)

I enjoy following up on these studies, too, but don't always have time. I haven't seen particular studies about how lifestyle affects your biological age but it stands to reason that it would. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has many studies showing how lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, and social interaction can slow down or eliminate the risk of Alzheimer's in some people. Some studies place this at over 1/3 of the people - I've even read up to 80 percent but can't provide the source. One book that you may find interesting is Dr. John Medina's Brain Rules for Aging Well. I'd suggest that as a resource.
Thanks for following through.
Carol

Hi Carol, Great article about the distinction between chronological and biological age. I was wondering if you came across any studies regarding maintaining a "young" biological age, like how different variables affect it (e.g., exercise, healthy diet, etc.)? I'm a bit of a nerd, so I'm always on the look-out for new research. Thanks! -Melanie

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