Dementia – risk factors

For many people the term dementia can be very off putting, it is often a topic that is brushed under the carpet.  By finding out about dementia , its symptoms, predisposing factors and it’s diagnosis and treatment as it possible to  educate  people and enable the diagnosis of dementure to be made erlier than would normally occur.
Dementia is a term for broad categories of brain diseases causing a gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember which effects a persons daily functioning.

the commonest type of dementia is called Alzheimer’s disease which makes up approximately 50 to 70 percent of cases other less common types of dementia are vascular dementia, lewy body dementia and Frontotemporal dementia.

Risk Factors.

Diabetes.

Smoking.

Gender, Dementia is slightly more common in females.

High blood pressure.

Alcohol intake.

Heart disease and strokes.

Age.

Immune system diseases.

Parkinsons disease.

Head injuries.

Common Symptoms.

Common symptoms include: problems with language, a decrease in motivation, depression and /or anxiety, decreased balance, the person may get agitated regularly, trouble eating or swallowing, a decrease in the ability to perform tasks, emotional problems.

Reducing the risk of dementia.

Keeping mentally active, reading doing puzzles.

Social interaction, engaging regularly with other people.

Eating properly, reducing low density fat intake and having a diet high in polyunsaturated fats, vitamin D, fish, fruit and vegetables and white meat rather than red meat.

Reducing alcohol consumption and smoking.

Exercise.

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