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YOGA AS A PREVENTIVE INTERVENTION FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: A COMPREHENSIVE UPDATE OF THE LITERATURE

Dr. Dhruva Patel*, Dr. Vijaya Kumar P. S.

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The incidence of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is rapidly increasing in developed and developing countries due to modernization and ageing population, this trend is expected to worsen in the coming decades. The complex pathology of AD is not clearly understood, despite scientific breakthroughs, strategies that effectively halt disease progression are still lacking. AD prevention is becoming a global health priority, epidemiological studies have revealed several risk factors for developing AD, such as lifestyle related factors. primary prevention by acting on modifiable risk factors, remain unexplored, there is an urgent need to investigate the primary preventive approaches. Yoga is one of the popular mind-body approaches developed in India. Yoga is known to exert positive psychophysiological changes, which have wide-ranging clinical implications. Therefore, we propose Yoga based interventions for the primary prevention of AD. As Yoga holds promise for the prevention and deceleration of AD and other neurodegenerative disorders. Focused efforts are needed to address this public health challenge.

Keywords: Alzheimer's disease (AD); Yoga; primary prevention; risk factors


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