19 science-backed ways to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, from reading to playing chess

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most mysterious and tragic diseases, and scientists are still grappling to understand what causes it, and how to avoid it.

But a new review of Alzheimer’s research has identified 10 suggestions backed by “strong evidence” that could reduce your risk for the disease, including reading, and avoiding stress and trauma.

The paper, published today in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, listed another nine tips backed by “weaker” evidence, including getting sufficient sleep and working out.

In the most comprehensive meta-analysis of Alzheimer’s research to date, the researchers in China analyzed 395 previous studies, including randomized controlled trials (the gold standard of scientific research) and observational studies.

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