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Risk Factors that May cause Symptoms of Dementia


Posted on July 27, 2009 by Dementiaguide

Symptoms Of Dementia

Risk Factors that may cause Symptoms of Dementia

As we go through life, we all hope we can maintain good physical and mental health as long as possible.

Often the first hint that our memory is starting to lose its sharpness happens in our fifties. As people enter their middle years, they start to notice more and more frequent lapses of memory, particularly their short-term memory. They may start to worry that their forgetfulness is more than just a harmless incident; they worry that it might be the first hint of something more serious like symptoms of dementia or perhaps the onset of Alzheimer's.

As the growing population ages, millions will be at risk for acquiring Alzheimer'sDissaseor other dementias. Knowing what causes symptoms of dementia means thatcertain perventive actions can be taken.

Fortunately, you can learn what the risk factors and symptoms of dementia which are associated with a higher likelihood of developing problems, and you can take steps to counteract them. And the good news is: you don't need to make a choice between looking after your heart and looking after your brain. In most cases - one is good for one is good for the other.

High blood pressure is a major risk factor in developing symptoms of dementia. Not only does high blood pressure damage brain cells directly, but it also increases the risk of stroke, which will lead to the permanent destruction of brain cells. To prevent strokes, have your blood pressure checked regularly, and if your blood pressure is too high, work with your doctor to bring it down to a safe level.

Regular Exercise is encouraged for general physical well being but it is also important for our brain well being. At least a brisk walk for about 35 minutes three times a week can make a difference to your body's ability to fight disease.

Alcohol Consumption: If you want to protect your brain for the long term, avoid excess alcohol consumption. Long term consumption of more than two alcoholic drinks a day can directly damage brain cells, as well as deplete the body of important nutrients it requires to function, particularly Vitamin B1 (thiamin).

Brain Injuries: Every year, hundreds of thousands of people suffer brain injuries as a result of automobile accidents. Many of these traumas could be prevented or reduced by slowing down while driving, and by wearing a seat belt, and wearing helmets when biking and skiing.

Two out of three people over the age of 85 have no cognitive impairment - they continueto learn, to think and to remember, although it may take them longer to process their thoughts than it used to.

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