Dementia is an overall term for symptoms related to a decline in mental ability which interfere with one’s everyday life. These symptoms are problems with memory, thinking and language, resulting in mood and behavior changes. The most common cause of the set of symptoms known as dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.
Other causes include thyroid gland problems, vascular changes, depression, head trauma, Parkinson’s disease, vitamin deficiency, medications, and chronic infections.
If the culprit in dementia is not treatable, more brain cells will be damaged. This will lead to gradual worsening of the symptoms. But, if the cause is treatable such as in the case of thyroid problems, medications, and vitamin deficiencies, dementia is reversible.
That’s why you have to visit a doctor to determine the culprit in dementia if you notice some of the warning signs.
Besides genetic predisposition, other risk factors for dementia include psychological, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Luckily, there’s something you can do to prevent developing dementia and protect your brain’s health.
Risk Factors for Dementia
Here, we’ll discuss ten strategies to work on the following modifiable risk factors for dementia:
- Medication that contributes to developing dementia
- Vitamin deficiencies & poor diet
- Impaired function of the thyroid gland
- Cardiovascular factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes)
- Low physical activity
- Head injuries
- Alcohol use