Over the last several decades, Alzheimer’s disease has become the most famous of all diseases related to dementia.
For many, it’s the most frightening. However, this group includes sicknesses related to memory loss and the decline of other mental capacities.
Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases fall under the dementia umbrella. Sadly, the majority of these aren’t treatable, which means that they also become increasingly worse as the patient struggles against them.
Dementia is highlighted by general forgetfulness about recent events, causing our loved ones to ask the same question repeatedly, but it’s accompanied by depression, lethargy, and a general feeling of indifference.
Although there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s and its sister illnesses yet, each one of us could work to reduce our risk of these frightening conditions.
Did you know that eating natural, healthy foods and reducing medication intake can cut down on the probability of dementia?
People who consume alcohol and smoke cigarettes are also putting themselves at an undue risk of dementia.
Consider these healthy practices that will ward off unnecessary cognitive problems as you grow older:
1. Regular vitamin intake
Vitamin D is an important substance for cognitive function, and by taking a Vitamin D supplement regularly you’re actually protecting your body against future issues. Although the sun provides much of the Vitamin D that we need, especially during the winter months, we would do ourselves a favor to take a daily supplement of this important vitamin. Vitamin B also helps fight against age related issues by keeping our cardiovascular system healthy.
2. Stay active
Staying active mentally, physically, and socially has been proven to lessen the risk of dementia. Keeping ourselves sharp allows us to fight off age-related illnesses. So, pick up the sodoku puzzle and challenge yourself mentally.
Reports say that those who speak more than one language actually pushes back dementia related problems, by as many as five years. It’s never to late to start learning.
Having a healthy heart fights off numerous issues related to age. Getting enough blood to our brain just simply can’t be overestimated in terms of cognitive function.
Get out and exercise for half an hour everyday to see amazing results over the long-term.
While being mentally sharp and having a healthy heart will do wonders, it’s also important to maintain healthy relationships.
Staying in contact with friends, family members, and former co-workers will keep you from feeling isolated. Don’t underestimate the positive effect that good mental health can have on your physical well-being.
3. Get rid of bad habits
Put the bottle down and throw the cigarettes away. It’s no secret that excessive and regular alcohol intake increases the risk of dementia.
Smoking, in turn, damages almost every part of our bodies and not just our lungs. It’s been shown that those who smoke daily are 45% more likely to develop dementia over those who don’t smoke.
Even if you’ve abused alcohol and cigarettes for a long period of time, by quitting now, some damage could be reversed.
4. Get regular checkups
Going to see the doctor on a regular basis can allow you to see any early warning signs. Keeping track of your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are recommended as your get older.
Eating right and keeping one eye on the scale can be beneficial too. Obesity and poor heart health are two of the main risks factors associated with dementia.
5. Be safe Studies show that head trauma leads to the increased likelihood of dementia later on in life.
If you’re a daredevil, take the necessary precautions to ensure you don’t have any serious head injuries.
Rock climbing and rappelling, mountain biking, and water sports always need to be done properly, you alway need to protect your brain by wearing a helmet.
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