Dementia is a term that refers to memory loss and other cognitive issues which really affect your everyday life.
This condition can occur in different forms such as vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease. The type that is most common is Alzhemer’s disease with 60-80% of cases. Dementia is extremely dangerous for your overall health because it is a progressive condition and requires immediate treatment.
Some of the common symptoms are apathy, depression and loss of memory.
Some of the risk factors caused by dementia can be controlled. Those are:
1. Injury of the head
3. Alcohol use
4. Impaired thyroid function
5. Use of medication that cause dementia condition
6. Cardiovascular risks (high level of cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes)
7. Not being physically active
8. Unhealthy diet and deficiency of vitamins
Here are 9 ways how to prevent or lower risk of dementia:
1. Quit smoking
Smoking is really dangerous and hazardous for your overall health, including your brain. Research studies prove that regular smokers are at 45% higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s diseases compared to nonsmokers.
2. Regular physical activity
In order to improve your vascular system you should also improve your blood circulation and the heart pumping. You should consider exercising regularly in order to prevent chronic health diseases. It is recommended to exercise at least half an hour a day.
3. Vitamin B
This vitamin is crucial for reduction of the levels of molecule which is known as homocysteine or HC. This molecule is responsible for causing damage of your cardiovascular system. If you have high level of this molecule in your blood you are increasing the chances of getting stroke, heart diseases or other cardiovascular problem.
4. Vitamin D
Studies have found a link between reduced levels of vitamin D and cognitive decline which leads to dementia symptoms. You should consider consuming vitamin D supplements in order to prevent the process which contributes to dementia and Alzheimer’s.
5. Exercise your brain
Research study revealed that people that are bilingual have delayed symptoms of dementia for at least 5 years. Some of the exercises of your brain that are suggested by experts include solving crossword puzzles which can benefit for delay of dementia.
6. Prevent head injuries
Remember to wear a helmet whenever you ride your bike, or you do any other sports. You should always protect your head in order to avoid head injuries.
7. Do not consume alcohol
Try to avoid use of alcohol, or at least try to consume it in small amounts because this way you will prevent many health issues including dementia.
8. Track numbers related to your body
Remember that you need to track all values that are related to your body. This includes blood pressure, weight, and cholesterol levels. You should always try to remain your metabolic and heart health in order to prevent development of dementia.
You should always try to interact with other people because this way you will avoid isolation which might lead to health problems. Try to walk in nature with friends or simply communicate with other people.
Watch this video in order to learn about other things you can do which support the health of the brain: