Difficulties with thinking, forgetting names, events, conversations, apathy, depression, memory loss, difficulties while speaking or solving problems are some of the symptoms which show that a person is suffering from dementia.
Although these symptoms are negligible at the beginning, with time, if not treated properly, they can progress and seriously affect one’s life.
Depending on the parts of the brain which are damaged, the person will experience specific symptoms. Dementia can come out in several forms but the most common type is Alzheimer’s disease with 60-80% of the cases.
There are some risk factors that contribute to dementia which a person can control like:
- Consuming alcohol
- Poor diet with a low intake of vitamins
- Head injuries
- Use of medications which cause dementia
- Cardiovascular risks like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol
- Damaged thyroid function
Here are 9 things a person can do in order to prevent dementia:
- Increase the Intake of Vitamin D
According to a study, published by Jama Neurology, there is a connection between insufficiency of vitamin D and cognitive decline. It was concluded that lack of vitamin D in the body can cause Alzheimer’s disease or some other type of dementia.
The most natural way to get vitamin D is by sunbathing, but if you are unable to do that or it’s not enough, there are some supplements which you can consume as well.
- Activate your Brain
According to some studies, if a person is bilingual, the symptoms of dementia will be delayed by almost five years. Doing crossword puzzles regularly is another good way to postpone the symptoms of dementia for at least 2.5 years.
- Exercise on a Regular Basis
The best way to protect your heart and prevent vascular diseases is to include exercising in your daily routine. By doing regular exercises, you’ll get your blood move faster and your heart will pump faster on a regular basis. If not more, at least 30 minutes of fast walking, running or any other cardio will do the job.
- Reduce Alcohol Intake
Drinking too much alcohol can be a cause to many diseases, among which dementia. According to some studies, people who drank a lot of alcohol had higher risk of developing dementia than those who consumed little amounts of alcohol or no alcohol at all.
- Protect yourself from Injuries on your Head
Make sure that you are always on the safe side. Wear helmet while riding your bike or motorbike. Whenever you are doing something that even has the slightest chance of danger, protect yourself by wearing a helmet or any other safety equipment there is.
Never neglect your friends and family. Hang out and socialize with others as often as you can. Being among people will protect you from negative effects that isolation can cause.
Organize gatherings, dinner parties, or similar events. Or simply invite your friend and go for a walk in the nearest park.
- Increase the Intake of Vitamin B
High levels of a molecule called homocysteine or HC in your body can cause stroke, heart disease or some other vascular disease. Regular consumption of B complex vitamin will lower the levels of the molecule and protect your body from cognitive decline which normally comes with the process of aging.
- Stop Smoking
Aside from all the other negative effects that cigarettes have on your health, smoking is also to be blamed for developing Alzheimer’s disease. According to some studies regular smokers have 45% higher risk of developing the disease than non-smokers. Don’t hesitate even for a second to stop smoking now because you’ll be grateful for the decision later in your life.
- Keep Track of your Numbers
Do regular tests in order to be always aware of your overall health. Know how high your blood pressure is, the level of your cholesterol and how much do you weigh. Taking care of your overall health will help you detect the problem earlier.
Worsen cardiovascular and metabolic health are some of the symptoms of dementia. Maintain a healthy body in order to have a healthy mind.
Watch the video and hear some opinions of doctors who believe that people should constantly learn new things in order to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Sources linked in David Wolfe’s article:
The Hearty Soul
Dementia Research Foundation
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