Dementia is a condition that includes several cognitive problems, including memory loss. It can come in different forms including vascular dementia, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
In 60-80% of all cases, Alzheimer’s disease occurs. If the root cause is not treated, dementia will get worse.
Some of the common symptoms include apathy, memory loss, and depression.
These are the risk aspects that you can control/treat:
- Inadequate physical activity
- Head accidents
- Malnutrition/Vitamin deficiencies
- Heart problems, hypertension, diabetic, and other cardio issues
- Alcohol addiction
- Impaired thyroid gland function
- Medicine that worsens the condition
How to slow up the risk of dementia
1. Stop smoking
Smoking can damage your body and your brain. According to many study, smokers have a 45% higher risk to develop Alzheimer’s compared to those who don’t smoke. So, you should immediately quit smoking!
2. Become more active
Obtain your cardiovascular pumping and excite your blood flow. To avoid chronic problems, perform some physical exercise for 30 minutes every day.
3. Boost your vitamin B intake
B vitamins can reduce homocysteine or HC levels. This problem damages the vascular system and can increase the risk of stroke, heart problems, and other vascular problems.
So, to avoid any age-related cognitive problems, you should improve your vitamin B intake.
4. Boost your vitamin D intake
Vitamin D deficiency is closely related to cognitive issues/dementia. To prevent further damage to your brain, consider using dietary supplements.
Also, make sure to spend more time in the sun. Always use high-quality supplements, particularly during winter.
5. Mind challenge
Bilinguals have lower risk of developing dementia compared to individuals who speak one language. Always challenge your brain! In this way, you delay the onset of memory loss.
6. Protect your head
Whenever you are riding a bike or walking on glaciers, make sure to wear a helmet. In this way, you will protect your head and prevent accidents.
7. Alcohol is not your buddy
The excessive consumption of alcohol can increase your risk of dementia. Stay away from alcohol!
8. Numbers matter
Keep a track on your cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight. It is very important to pay more attention to your metabolic and cardiovascular health.
Isolating yourself is not something you should do. Walk with your friends or call them. Your brain needs company, so spend more time with your family and friends.