THESE Things May Cause Dementia
Written by: Kat Gal
My brain is seriously my favorite body part. Being someone who prides herself for good memory and quick thinking, dementia is something I hope to never personally encounter.
To reduce your risks of dementia, it is important to know the risk factors of course.
Dementia is a chronic or persistent disorder of your mental processes associated with a variety of symptoms, mainly impaired memory, reasoning and personality changes. Alzheimer’s account for 70-80% of dementia cases.
Dementia affects about 47 million people worldwide and it is still unknown why the disease strikes some, but not others.
Dr. Ruth Peters, a neuropsychologist from Imperial College London is one of the scientists who is studying the risk factors of the disease. Her research mainly focuses on the factors we can potentially change, such as lifestyle habits, weight, nutrition and alcohol intake.
Along with Professor Kaarin J Anstey, Director of the Centre for Research on Aging at the Australian National University, based on the latest research and clinical trials on dementia, she has created an infographic to show potential factors that may or may not reduce the risk of dementia.
One of their findings suggests that eating a substantial amount of fatty foods, as well as living in a highly polluted environment can increase risk of dementia. On the other hand, keeping cholesterol levels at a healthy level and exercising regularly may lower potential risks.
They have found that it is crucial to keep a healthy blood flow for your heart and brain to lower dementia risks. If your brain receives plenty of oxygen your nervous system will function properly and your brain will more likely stay healthy.
The two scientist have also examined whether or not blood pressure medication can improve cognitive function, but found that research doesn’t back the claim up.
Peters and Anstey agree that there is still much research needed to be done to fill out the gaps and to understand dementia, risk factors and ways of healing better. However, studies suggest that keeping healthy, active and fit will keep your brain sharper and reduce your risks of dementia.
In what ways do you keep your body and mind healthy and active to allow proper brain functioning and reduce your risks of dementia? Share your answers in the comments below. As always, we would love to learn from you.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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