Dementia is a world-wide spread condition, which is represented by several cognitive issues such as memory loss. Dementia comes in a number of forms, including vascular dementia, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Down below are some of the causes for developing the condition:
- Head injuries
- Medications which worsen the condition
- Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol as well as other cardiovascular issues
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Impaired thyroid functions
Down below is a list of 10 ways you can prevent or at least reduce the risk of dementia:
- Stop smoking
Research has shown that smoking can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s for up to 45%.
- Be more active
Improving and stimulating the blood flow and getting your heart to pump better by exercising at least 30 minutes a day is another good way to reduce your risk of this condition.
- Increase your intake of vitamin B
Vitamin B helps reduce homocysteine or HC levels, which are molecules that damage the vascular system and increase the risk of stroke. Therefore, the more vitamin B you consume, the lower your risk of heart cardiovascular conditions.
- Increase your intake of vitamin D
Science has found a strong connection between cognitive issues such as dementia, and vitamin D deficiency, which is why health experts recommend using supplements to prevent further brain damage.
- Brain challenge
People who speak two or more languages have a lower risk of developing dementia, so try and challenge your brain as much as you can.
- Protect your head
While you can’t wear a helmet at all times, try to do so when riding a bike or walking on ice.
- Avoid alcohol
Excessive consumption of alcohol increases the risk of dementia, so try and control your urge to drink.
- Numbers matter
Keep a close track of your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.
Take a walk with your best friend or just call someone to hang out, because isolation is the worst thing you can do as your brain needs company.
- Stay away from aluminum
It is a mineral which can impair brain development and cognitive functions.