There are many issues that we may face in life but dementia is perhaps the one that frightens most of us. It is a condition that is related to memory loss and cognitive issues that affect us to the point where we are unable to care for ourselves. Many of us have seen our loved ones deteriorate as a result of dementia, a problem that can occur for many reasons.
Most people tend to lump dementia into a single category but the fact is, there are many different types of dementia. They include vascular dementia, Huntington’s disease and dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease. In up to 80% of the cases, however, it is related to Alzheimer’s disease. In any case, it can be a serious problem, both for the person who suffers with it and for their loved ones.
Dementia is a progressive condition in almost all cases. It results in symptoms that can include depression, apathy and a loss of memory. In many cases, the memory loss is quite severe and can include things that happened recently. We may also forget conversations and names.
There are some dementia risk factors that can be controlled, including the following:
Impaired thyroid function
Low physical activity
Poor diet and vitamin deficiencies
Use of medication that contributes to dementia
Cardiovascular risks such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes
The following 9 suggestions can help to lower your risk of dementia:
1. Smoking – smoking damages the body and the brain. If you smoke daily, you are at a 45% higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Quit this detrimental habit today.
2. Activity – boosting the blood flow to the heart and getting the heart pumping can strengthen the vascular system. Exercising at least half an hour a day can help to prevent many chronic health problems.
3. Vitamin B – homocysteine is lowered when we take vitamin B. Too much homocysteine in our body can damage the vascular system and increase your risk of heart attacks, stroke and other problems.
4. Vitamin D – there has been a direct link found between low levels of vitamin D and cognitive decline, including the symptoms of dementia. Supplementing with vitamin D and getting some daily sunlight can help to lower your risks.
5. Exercise your brain – you may be able to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia symptoms by up to five years if you are bilingual. Challenge your brain on a regular basis by doing crossword puzzles or other puzzles as well.
6. Head injuries – prevent head injuries whenever possible. This would include wearing a helmet or other protective gear.
7. Alcohol – if you use alcohol excessively, it can raise your risk of dementia.
8. Numbers – keep track of various numbers in your life, including your cholesterol, blood pressure and weight. Cardiovascular and metabolic health issues are often the main predictors of dementia.
9. Be social – you may be able to avoid the effects of isolation by interacting with others. Take the time to visit with a friend or talk a few moments with a loved one.
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H/T: Healthy Food House
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