When we get older, we all forget things. Mild memory loss is common among older adults and is usually not a problem unless it interferes with their daily lives. However, memory loss that can progress and interfere with daily life can be a sign of dementia. Dementia can cause problems with memory and a person's ability to think and plan. Alzheimer's disease is most common cause of dementia. Dementia usually gets worse over time. How long it takes is different for everyone. Some remain unchanged for years. Others quickly lose skills.A new study has shown that if you lose weight, stop drinking and stop smoking, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing dementia.
A panel of 28 of world's leading dementia experts found that physical activity and a healthy diet can prevent development of a neurodegenerative disease in more than 40% of cases in UK.
They identified 12 factors that increase risk of developing dementia, and stated that all of them can be changed to prevent or reduce likelihood of developing dementia.
They emphasize that most people develop dementia due to genetics and other "uncontrollable" factors, but their new findings suggest that people can at least delay onset of disease.
The research team has identified three new risk factors associated with dementia - alcohol consumption, air pollution and head injury - and is calling on policymakers to take immediate action to reduce incidence of dementia.
Among them, elderly hypertension accounted for 2% of dementia cases, alcohol consumption and obesity for 1%, and air pollution for 2%.
In smokers, risk was almost twice as high: 5% were smokers and 2% were inactive.
One of main controllable factors is low education, which accounts for 7% of dementia cases, while midlife hearing loss accounts for 8% of cases and brain damage 3%.
Professor Clive Ballard, one of researchers involved in study, said findings provided a "great opportunity" to guide and improve the quality of life for millions of people.
In his view, discovery represents an exciting possibility/method by which dementia can be prevented or delayed through adoption of a healthier lifestyle, including more exercise, a healthy weight and smoking cessation, as well as effective treatment of risk factors such as like high blood pressure. to improve lives of millions of people around world.
February 25, 2016According to a new Prepare survey, people are aware of seriousness of Alzheimer's but are not taking steps to understand their chances of getting Alzheimer's or achieving financial well-being. However, many say they are taking steps to stay healthy, which can benefit their brains as they age.
So, why not try "simple and practical" method mentioned above?