Shocking fact: Roughly 1 in 3 people 85 years or older have Alzheimer’s.
Memory loss, cognitive decline and dementia are increasingly common these days, but not inevitable. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. In fact, we can all start taking steps today which may help to reduce the risk factors linked to cognitive decline and dementia.
Some modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s include:
- Impaired glucose processing or Type 2 diabetes in midlife
- Obesity in midlife. Shockingly, as your weight goes up, the size and function of your brain goes down! You put your mental health and long-term brain function at risk by being overweight.
- Hypertension or pre-hypertension in midlife.
- High cholesterol in midlife
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Some steps to reduce your risk:
- Reduce toxic exposures like smoking and excess alcohol consumption
- Exercise regularly
- Adopt a healthy Mediterranean-type diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Be socially active
- Engage in lifelong learning
- Get enough good quality sleep
- Avoid traumatic brain injury
Signs that your brain could benefit from extra TLC:
- No symptoms at all. The brain damage leading to Alzheimer’s disease starts happening 20 or more years before you have any symptoms.
- Your memory is worse than it was 10 years ago.
- Increased difficulty thinking of the right words in conversation
- Persistent fatigue, irritability, depression or anxiety
- Brain fog
- Short attention span
- Impulsivity and poor decision making
- Loss of sense of smell
Interestingly, sometimes people have dementia-like symptoms without the progressive brain changes of Alzheimer’s. In these cases, symptoms may be improved or reversed by addressing the underlying issues (which can include depression, sleep apnoea, thyroid issues, nutrient deficiencies, excessive alcohol consumption or medication side-effects).
Schedule a Health Check:
If you’re concerned about your brain health, please get in touch so that I can help you to identify and address contributing factors, including:
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Hormonal imbalance
- Neurotransmitter imbalance
- Brain inflammation
- Liver detoxification
- Gut bacterial imbalance or pathogens
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