According to the NHS, Dementia refers to a group of symptoms associated with the gradual decline of the brain and its abilities. Symptoms include problems with memory loss, language and thinking speed.
Around 65% of the risk of developing dementia is due to factors you can’t control, such as ageing and family history. However, some factors have been proven to reduce your risk.
A review by the Lancet highlights that although there are potentially modifiable risk factors for dementia, this does not mean dementia as a condition is preventable or easy to treat. These factors were attributed to the numbers of the population with a certain outcome which was dementia.
Some of these modifiable risk factors include:
There are multiple risk factors contributing to the onset of the disease. There are changes you can make to prevent the onset of Dementia such as:
A newer study also supports Lancet’s findings that Individuals with genetic risk factors for dementia can still reduce their risk by improving their cardiovascular health. The study found that dementia-associated common gene variants can more than double dementia risk, but good cardiovascular health can halve this risk.
“We have long maintained that genetics is not destiny, that the impact of your family history and genetic risk can be lowered by healthy lifestyle choices. This is true for persons with low genetic risk and also for persons with high genetic risk of dementia, so it is never too soon and never too late to adopt a ‘heart-healthy lifestyle,” Dr. Sudha Seshadri, founding director of the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases.
The researchers found that participants with a high genetic risk score based on several common gene variants were 2.6 times more likely to develop dementia than participants with a low genetic risk score. Previous research has suggested that cardiovascular health affects a person’s risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s as found in the Lancet study mentioned above.
In conclusion, adopting a healthy lifestyle can also help reduce your cancer risk, heart health and stroke prevention and diabetes management as well as reducing your risk of dementia. Changing a few factors today can help you have a healthier tomorrow.
We know that being diagnosed with dementia can have a huge emotional, social, and psychological effect on both the person suffering and their family. Therefore we ensure specialist care in the comfort of one’s own home.
If you would like more information about our Dementia Care service, please contact one of our experts who will be happy to help either by telephone on 0203 008 5210 or email us at email@example.com.