Dementia is a type of condition that means losing the memory and other severe mental abilities that can impede normal daily life. Dementia can come in different forms like vascular dementia, Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The most frequent form is Alzheimer’s disease, and it takes about 60-80% of all cases. Dementia can be very progressive if the is not treatable. The symptoms can get worse with time such as symptoms like having problems remembering recent events, names and conversations, apathy, and depression. Some possible cause for dementia can be hindered and some cannot.
There are the causes that can be prevented:
- Alcohol use
- Cardiovascular risks including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
- Poor physical activity
- Head injuries
- Poor diet and lack of vitamin
- Impaired thyroid function
- Use of medication that lead to dementia
Here are 9 ways that can prevent the appearance of dementia
1.Challenge Your Brain
Get great result and improvements just by regularly challenging the brain. Many studies have proved that speaking another language can postpone the symptoms of dementia for five years as opposed to people who speak only one language. Also you can postpone the memory loss for 2.5 years if you do crossword puzzles regularly.
2.Lower the alcohol intake
People who consume a lot of alcohol have increased risk of dementia, as opposed to people who do not consume alcohol at all or drink in moderate amounts. Dementia and many other health issues can be hindered just by lowering the alcohol consummation.
Isolation can bring many negative effects, so in order to avoid this you need to socialize regularly. So it doesn’t matter who you talk to as long as you do it on a regular basis, and you can prevent many health problems. And you can also exercise with a friend some relative by taking a walk in the nature.
Smoking is very bad for your health, and it can cause damage to every organ in the body, also to your brain. Studies have proven that smokers have increased risk for Alzheimer’s for 45% as opposed to non-smokers or former smokers. So it can still be beneficial if you quit smoking today after so many years as a smoker.
5.Track your numbers
Always check your current weight, levels of cholesterol and the blood pressure. You can detect the early signs for health problems if you know your numbers. The main and highly significant signs of dementia are the metabolic and cardiovascular health. So the health of your mind depends on the health of your body.
6.Take vitamin D
Cognitive decline, which leads to dementia symptoms, is related to decreased levels of Vitamin D. So regulating the levels of vitamin D and the intake of this vitamin is crucial for preventing the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The sun is the main supplier of vitamin D, but if you do not get much outside you can take supplements of vitamin D. This can also be beneficial in the winter season when there is not much sun.
7.Be physically active
You also need to strengthen the vascular system, and you can do this by making your heart pumping and the blood moving. Exercises are highly recommended in case for prevention of numerous chronic health issues. You can feel the health benefits just by being active for half an hour every day.
8.Protect Yourself against Head Injuries
Always put on a helmet when you ride a bike. This way you will prevent any damage to your brain. You should also wear a helmet if you are practicing any other sports that can be dangerous like hitting the ski slopes and water sports.
9.Take vitamin B
Vitamins B are very beneficial in reducing the levels of molecule called homocysteine –HC. This molecule can cause damage to the vascular system. Increased levels of this molecule can lead to stroke, heart disease and many more vascular problems. By taking enough vitamin B you can prevent any age-related cognitive decline.
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