Tips to Prevent Dementia

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By Dr. Milind Barhate , Psychiatry

Unlike what most people think, dementia is a group of symptoms rather than a specific disease. It is characterized by a decline in memory and other cognitive skills. Alzheimer is responsible for approximately 60 to 80% of dementia cases. Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia in which dementia occurs after a stroke. However, you can easily avoid these and two other types of dementia. Here are some tips to prevent dementia …

1. Diet:

A low fiber diet high in fat has been shown reduce the risk of developing dementia. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains are some of the foods that reduce the risk of dementia. Also reduce the intake of salt and saturated fats as these tend to make you more susceptible to dementia.

2. Weight

Overweight or obese makes you more prone to dementia. Therefore, you should control your weight so you can prevent dementia.

3. Exercise:

exercises increase the efficiency of the heart and cardiovascular system. This controls blood pressure and cholesterol decreases which reduce the risk of dementia.

4. alcohol and snuff

Drinking increases your blood pressure and cholesterol, both of which increase the risk of dementia.

Smoking has the same amount of negative effects that cause dementia such as alcohol. However, smoking causes the arteries to constrict. This increases blood pressure. Increased blood pressure increases the risk of dementia. Therefore, quit both alcohol and snuff is crucial to prevent dementia.

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