By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
Experts say that one-third of people with Dementia could be prevented by managing lifestyle factors such as hearing loss, hypertension, and depression. We get plenty of calls from people telling us a parent has Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, and they want to know how to prevent Dementia for themselves.
Is Dementia Preventable, and are there natural ways to support brain health and prevent cognitive decline? Yes!
This remarkable fact was part of a report by the first Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, and Care presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017 and published in The Lancet. The report also highlighted the beneficial effects of nonpharmacologic interventions such as social contact and regular exercise for people with Dementia.
The commission’s report identified nine higher risk factors in early, mid, and older adults that increase the likelihood of someone that may develop Dementia. The report said that about 35 percent of Dementia — one in three cases — is attributable to these risk factors.
How to Prevent Dementia and other health problems:
*By increasing education in early life and addressing hearing loss, high blood pressure, types of Diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity in midlife, the incidence of Dementia could be reduced by as much as 20 percent combined.
*In late life, stopping smoking, treating depression, increasing physical activity, increasing social contact, and managing Diabetes could reduce the incidence of Dementia by another 15 percent.
Reducing risk factors overall provides us a powerful way to reduce the global burden of Dementia.”
Keep your mind active. Mentally stimulating activities, such as reading, solving puzzles and playing word games, and memory training might delay the onset of Dementia and decrease its effects.
Be physically and socially active. Physical activity and social interaction might delay the onset of Dementia and reduce its symptoms. Move more and aim for 150 minutes of exercise a week.
Quit smoking. Some studies have shown smoking in middle age and beyond may increase your risk of dementia and blood vessel (vascular) conditions. Quitting smoking might reduce your risk and will improve your health.
Get your vitamin D!. Research suggests that people with low levels of vitamin D in their blood are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of Dementia. You can get vitamin D through certain foods, supplements, and sun exposure.
Maintain a healthy diet. Eating a healthy diet is essential for many reasons. Still, a diet — rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in certain fish and nuts — might promote health and lower your risk of developing Dementia.
I highly suggest comprehensive blood work. I put together a panel to look at inflammation markers, thyroid, hormones, lipids, iron levels, and other items to ensure people support their bodies and minds.
Additionally, being an ILADS trained naturopath, I like to make sure Lyme is not an issue when Dementia is involved. I have a very comprehensive tick test on my online store.
Lastly, consider making a virtual appointment so I can help you more.
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