Walking slowly may signal Alzheimer’s dangers

We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

You’re chatting to a spouse or loved one and suddenly you realise they’re repeating the same story they told you an hour ago.

That’s the moment you start wondering whether they’re showing the first signs of dementia – or even a long slip into Alzheimer’s disease.

If you’re worried about Alzheimer’s disease, there’s a simple test that researchers believe may give you an early warning.

All you have to do is get up and take 10 steps around the room – or ask the person you’re worried about to do the same.

Just a handful of steps may end up telling you a lot about what’s really going on inside your brain.

According to a new report in Neurology, nearly all elderly patients with signs of memory problems had begun to walk with a slow shuffle.

No surprise there, right? We’ve all seen for years that people with Alzheimer’s disease often develop a slow, shuffling gait.

But there’s a lot more science behind it than we may have realised. Turns out that the amyloid plaque that builds up in our brains as we develop Alzheimer’s doesn’t just affect how we think and remember.

It interferes with our coordination and how we walk.

So being unsteady on your feet can be a bona fide sign that these plaques are accumulating. That could give you time to start loading up on antioxidants like glutathione that can help protect your brain and remove toxins.

Believe it or not, one of the best ways to keep Alzheimer’s from developing is to keep walking.

Studies have found that walking just five miles per week can protect people with dementia or Alzheimer’s from additional memory loss.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

“Slowed walking in seniors may signal Alzheimer’s dangers,” Medline Plus, Dec. 2, 2015

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