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Dementia: The condition most ignored!

by Pranav Dasarathi | 20 NOV 2017

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Dementia is a general term for a decline in cognitive ability that can severely interfere with daily functioning. It is a term used for a set of symptoms including impaired thinking and memory.

 

Q.What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?

 

Dementia is a term that describes a wide range of symptoms including memory loss and mental decline. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, but there are many others.

 

Q.How do I identify a person with dementia?

 

Common signs and symptoms include:

 

 Memory loss, which is usually noticed by a spouse or someone else

 

 Difficulty communicating or finding words

 

 Difficulty reasoning or problem-solving

 

 Difficulty handling complex tasks

 

 Confusion and disorientation

 

 Difficulty with coordination and motor functions

 

Dementia can be precisely anticipated five years before side effects create with a simple small test, research claims.

 

People who fail to recognize odors could be at risk for dementia A study found those who cannot identify any less than four out of five common scents were more than twice more likely to develop the disease.

 

“Loss of the sense of a smell is a strong signal that something has gone wrong and significant damage has been done,” said University of Chicago scientists. The findings could be used as an early warning system.

 

Q.How can dementia be prevented?

 

There is no specific way to prevent dementia. Nonetheless, a healthy lifestyle can help lower your risk of developing dementia when you are older it can also prevent Cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and heart attacks.

 

To reduce your risk of developing dementia and other harmful health conditions,

 

It’s recommended that you:

 

 Eat a healthy diet

 

 Maintain a healthy weight

 

 Exercise regularly

 

 Don’t consume too much alcohol

 

 Quit smoking

 

 Get enough vitamin D

 

 Be physically and socially active

 

 Make sure to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level

 

12 diet tips for a healthy brain

 

 Add coconut oil to your diet

 

 Curb sugar in your diet, especially fructose

 

 Optimize your Vitamin D

 

 Keep your fasting insulin levels below 3

 

 Take a high-quality fish oil supplement

 

 Vitamin B12

 

 Avoid mercury and aluminum

 

 Gingko Biloba

 

 Eat your blues

 

 Challenge your mind daily

 

 Avoid anticholinergic or statin drugs

 

Risk factors that cant be changed

 

 Age

 

 Family history

 

 Down syndrome

 

 Mild cognitive impairment

 

Risk factors you can change

 

 Heavy alcoholic consumption

 

 Cardiovascular risk factors

 

 Depression

 

 Diabetes

 

 Smoking

 

 Sleep apnea

 

Q.How is dementia caused? What actually happens in the brain of the person with dementia?

 

Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells. This damage disrupts the ability of brain cells to communicate with each other. When brain cells cannot communicate normally, thinking, behavior and feelings can be affected.

 

Dementia treatment and care Treatment of dementia depends on its cause. In the case of most progressive dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, there is no particular cure and no treatment that slows its progression. However, there are few medications used to treat dementia temporarily.


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