This post surprising guest was written by Dr. Andreia Horta, ND North and Dr. Emily Lipinski, North Dakota, founders of the infusion of Health !
As we age, dementia could potentially affect all of us at some point in time. Currently, there are 47.5 million people affected, with more than 7.7 million new cases each year. Have I gotten your attention yet ?!
Dementia is a chronic deterioration of cognition that is often irreversible. Our knowledge is based on mental processes such as reasoning, judgment, perception and memory. The stark truth is that our brains are naturally decline with age. This begins to happen when you start to forget things, lose focus easily, are not able to concentrate and are less able to solve simpler problems. The stages are slow and progressive.
In the early stages of dementia, you may not identify objects, unable to hold above learned motor skills, and is difficult to use or understand language. In the middle stages of things continue to get worse, but now there is a disruption in behavior problems; such as lost, wandering or feel easily agitated and hostile. This last stage is serious. Patients are unable to manage daily activities; dressing, brushing teeth or eating. They often require the assistance of facilities and support staff.
consider dementia as the disease large umbrella for many subtypes fall within it, such as: The most common vascular dementia (VD), dementia Lew-body, frontotemporal, related to HIV and dementia Alzheimer’s disease (AD). AD is actually responsible for 60-70% of all cases of dementia.
AD usually begins after age 65 and has a genetic link 5-15%. The cause is still unclear, however, scientists believe is related to genetic mutations, which in turn causes two things to happen; beta amyloid (BA) deposition and neurofibrillary tangles occurring in the brain. This deposition causes the nerves (neurons) in the brain not shoot properly, leading to brain tissue to wither away (atrophy). Mesial temporal lobe specifically (located on each side of the head), which is responsible for the retention of visual memory. Where did I leave my car keys again?
Science has shown that certain lifestyle activities may increase the likelihood of dementia. If you are interested in keeping your brain in top shape Take note of these bad habits 4 are listed below!
four bad habits that are 100% related dementia
We all know that drinking too much is bad for the body. How do you feel after a night of drinking? Both imaging and neuropathology studies suggest prolonged excessive alcohol use and contribute to the structural and functional changes in the brain that are permanent. These changes can arise from direct toxicity (also known as oxidative stress damage) in the brain or due to a deficiency in vitamin B1 (also known as thiamin, a critical vitamin needed for proper functioning brain and nervous system).
A massive systematic review and meta-analysis of more than 23 studies indicated that small amounts of alcohol can have a protective effect against dementia and AD, however, are linked significantly because both dementia and vascular cognitive impairment. In addition, evidence suggests limiting alcohol early in life, it confers a protective effect against incidents of dementia later in life!
In another study with 1709 participants, researchers found an increase in the monthly intake of beer significantly associated with risk of dementia. Whereas, with a weekly / monthly intake of winewas actually linked to a lower risk. It could have a protective effect of wine? We do not know the answer to this question yet- but we do know that moderation is the key that excessive drinking can be harmful to the body and brain. See picture below:
Compared with the brain of an elderly individual standard (Panel A), the wider and narrower grooves ridges brains in panels B and C reflect contraction brain tissue in Alzheimer’s disease and alcoholism.
SOURCE: Photographs in panels A and B courtesy of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, University of Kentucky. The C panel originally appeared on Alcohol Health and Research World 19 (4), 1995, p. 268
What about early alcohol-induced dementia appearance? Yes, you heard right! means being diagnosed early onset dementia ages 30-64. In Australia, there have been 8 cases per 100,000 at risk. According to this research, the number is rising!
In short, if you enjoy a glass of wine, follow the instructions recommended by the largest educational health agencies such as the National Health Society (NHS) .The NHS recommended limits are currently a maximum of 14 units per week for men and women, divided into 3 or more days. However, the lower limits are suggested for older people because their bodies handle alcohol differently. A small glass of wine 125ml is typically about 1.5 units and a pint of beer or cider is usually 2-2.5 units. This would mean no more than 9 small glasses of wine a week, and the wine is not going to consume in just a Friday and Saturday night.
“Do not smoke! It’s so bad for the lungs, heart and especially the small blood vessels that support your brain! ‘ Yes, we are talking about the evil annoying habit of the most addictive, smoking. In a massive systematic review of 37 studies in all major medical databases, smokers had an increased risk of dementia (compared with nonsmokers)! It is not surprising. There was no significant difference if a woman or a man if I had a different, or in a different geographic region race.
Did you know that a report published over 25 years ago concluded that smoking might actually be beneficial in dementia? To say ah! How things have changed !!
In July 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the International Association of Alzheimer’s disease (ADIA) said that smokers are 45% more at risk of developing all forms of dementia compared with their non-smoking counterparts. The report says smoking the higher the risk of developing dementia from all causes, and passive smoking can also increase your risk.
Although it may seem cool, or give you a temporary feeling of relaxation, which is literally reducing their brain!
3. Not getting enough sleep
How many of you getting enough sleep? 7-9 hours of sleep is what is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation for the body and mind rejuvenation. Most of us do not reach these suggested guidelines. This lack of sleep is catching up with us. New research shows that less sleep equals brain damage and cognitive impairment.
Let’s look specifically at people who have sleep apnea. Those who suffer from sleep apnea have stopped breathing and pauses in breathing, which are not taking a full breath of oxygen continuously. People suffering from sleep apnea feel exhausted after a full night of sleep, snoring and are generally overweight. A study of all women in the category of respiratory disorders are at increased risk of developing cognitive impairment compared to those without sleep-disordered breathing. It is not surprising. Less oxygen to the brain, unless brain function. A 2015 study found that sleep-disordered breathing is associated with earlier age of mild cognitive impairment and early onset of AD. In addition, the CPAP machine also known as continuous positive airway pressure airway (CPAP) helps delay the onset of cognitive impairment.
If you snore or interrupted breathing experienced the best is go get checked out! This bad habit increases the risk of memory loss!
4. Do not go to the doctor to get your blood pressure
How many of you know what is blood pressure? Normal blood pressure is 120 / 80mmHg. If your blood pressure is consistently elevated above 140/90 mmHg then advised to seek the help of your MD / ND to handle before problems arise. But why is it important to get it checked out?
Apart from heart disease or stroke possible, knowing that your blood pressure can save brain cells! It’s okay! It is a common fact that vascular risk factors such as high blood pressure are shown in the cause of both AD and vascular dementia. Midlife hypertension (high blood pressure) is linked to an increased risk of developing dementia. In a large study with 3703 Asian men who were followed for 26 years, 5.9% of them had blood pressure of 160/95 mmHg above. For those men who were not treated for high blood pressure, there was a significant association with AD and vascular dementia.
2016 Recent evidence suggests that hypertension significantly change our arteries and veins, which interferes with the clearance of BA. Remember that bA plates are responsible for the EA. How are you form plaques, there is less blood flow to the brain.
These bad habits are not constant, you can change them one at a time! We will reduce the incidence of this disease and maintain our brain and our brain (families) healthy as long as possible!