10 Symptoms Of Dementia To Recognize In Someone You Love And How To Help
Dr. Mercola claims that nearly everybody forgets some moments of his/her life? However, how would you know whether it is normal or a symptom of more serious issues, like dementia? It is a general term for decline in mental ability, which interferes with everyday tasks.
Dementia is very common health issue, particularly for elderly people.
Even though many people are afraid that losing mental capacity leads to losing physical ability, as people get older the processing of the information may lower, which indicates that they will need more time to recall memories.
It is normal if a word in on the tip of the tongue, but you cannot say it. This state is known as senior moments, or maladaptive brain activity changes. For example, you may forget an appointment or send e-mail to another person.
This happens when the brain perceives plenty of daily activities and reverts to its default mode network (DMN), i.e. the brain part responsible for inner thinking, like daydreaming. In other words, the brain takes a short rest rather than being focused, which creates normal memory loss.
WHEN YOU SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT MEMORY LOSS
If you notice great changes in your thinking or memory skills, you may be experiencing mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The mild cognitive impairment means a steady decline of cognitive ability, which increases the risk of getting dementia, like Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia.
However, if you changes are affecting your body functions, you may be experiencing dementia. Some common symptoms of dementia are:
- Asking the same questions repeatedly
- Have a difficulty to make changes
- Experience difficulty with performing everyday activities, like taking care of hygiene or paying bills.
- Memory loss that put other people in a danger, like leaving the oven on
- Feeling uninterested in everyday activities
- Being unable to recognize familiar places or faces
- Rejecting having a mental problem and accusing other people of it.
SYMPTOMS OF DEMENTIA / ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
Over 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and this number is gradually increasing. By 2050, this number is expected to triple to 13.8 million people.
Dementia is considered to be the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. In addition, there is no known cure for dementia until now.
The Alzheimer’s association noticed some differences in the symptoms between dementia / Alzheimer’s and normal age-related changes:
Here are some of the most common symptoms of dementia / Alzheimer’s even though they can vary greatly:
- Losing track of the time and date
- Not being able to make decisions and judgments
- Not being able to manage a budget
- Forgetting where you have placed some objects and having difficulty of finding them
- Ability to focus and pay attention
- Visual perception
Here are some common symptoms of normal age-related changes:
- Not being able to make a decision once in a while
- Losing track of date and time, but remembering it after
- Losing things occasionally
- Not being able to use the right word once in a while
CAUSES OF ALZHEIMER’S
Dementia occurs as a result of brain cell damage. This damage affects the brain cells ability to communicate with each other. This in turn affects thinking, feelings and behaviors. Different types of brain cell damage is relate to different types of dementia.
Even though most of the brain changes that cause dementia are permanent and get worse over time, memory loss cause by the following conditions might get improved if the condition is treated on time:
- Lack of vitamins
- Thyroid problems
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Side effects of certain medications
A NEW MOBILE GAME MAY HELP YOU DIAGNOSE DEMENTIA
According to the researches, Alzheimer’s disease may be diagnosed 20 before some serious brain changes take place. However, if the memory begins to malfunction, nearly 40 – 50 % of the brain cells are destroyed. It is thought that the new mobile game ‘Sea Hero Quest’ may help you to early diagnose dementia.
In fact, the game notices the spatial navigation ability of the players, which are firstly affected in cases of dementia. According to the neuroscientists, the collected date will help them to form a normal range of spatial navigational skills, which will later help them to identify early symptoms of dementia.
In addition, Alzheimer’s may be predicted 10 years before by measuring brain proteins by doing blood test. Moreover, retinal tests and PET scans may diagnose Alzheimer’s 2 – 3 years before it sets up.
IF YOU EXPERIENCE MEMORY LOSS, TAKE UP KETOGENIC DIET RIGHT NOW
In order to protect the brain health, you should include ketogenic and high-fat foods in your diet, especially of you have brain problems. It means that you should avoid non-starchy vegetable carbs, or use high-quality proteins and high-quality fat in moderate amounts instead of them.
This diet will help you to regulate your weight and lower this risk of experiencing degenerative issues, while protecting the brain health. In addition, it will help your body to transform carbs to fat, which increases the production of ketones.
Ketones feed the brain and prevent brain atrophy. Moreover, they are able to regenerate a neuron and nerve functions after they have been damaged. Except taking ketogenic diet, the main source of ketones is the medium-chain triglycerides, which are found in coconut oil.
In fact, coconut oil consists of medium-chain fatty acids that are absorbed by the liver and transformed into ketones. Ketones give the brain additional energy, which is especially for people with memory impairment.
Medium-chain triglycerides, which serve as a brain food, are fats that are not processed in the same way as the long-term triglycerides. Contrary to the long-term fats, which are combined with bile released by the gallbladder and broken down in the digestive system, the medium-chain triglycerides go directly in the liver, where they transform oil into ketones.
The liver in turn releases ketones in the blood stream, which are later transported to the brain in the form of energy. According to the researches, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (35 ml) is equal to 20 g of medium-chain triglycerides. In addition, the researches have also shown that the use of 40 ml / a day of coconut oil improve cognitive abilities in women with dementia.
Moreover, coconut oil is beneficial in the treatment of hypertension, insulin resistance, dyslipidaemia, obesity, diabetes type 1 and type 2, etc. Hormones and phenolic compounds present in coconut oil prevent the aggregation of amyloid-b peptide.
OTHER DIETARY STRATEGIES TO PREVENT ALZHEIMER’S
We know that processed food does not only cause dementia, but it also leads to heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
In this article, we are going to present you a nutritional plan, which will help you to prevent degenerative issues, like dementia. Except the ketogenic diet, these dietary strategies are also essential:
- Avoid refined glucose and sugar
You should regulate your fructose and sugar levels, if you experience leptin / insulin resistance or other health disorders.
- Avoid casein and gluten (like wheat and pasteurized diary)
The blood barrier of the brain is negatively affected by gluten. It only makes the gut permeable, which lets proteins enter into the bloodstream. This weakens the immune system and causes inflammation, which in turn lead to Alzheimer’s.
- Optimize the gut flora
In order to optimize the gut flora, you should consume high-quality probiotics and fermented food.
- Consume healthy fats, like omega-3 animal fats.
The healthy fat is found in butter, avocados, coconut oil and coconuts, raw diary, raw nuts, organic yolks, pasteurized poultry. You should also increase your intake of omega-3 fats. DHA and EPA omega-3 fats will prevent cell damage and reduce it progression.
- Reduce the intake of calories or fast.
Ketones are activated when coconut oil or other healthy fats replace carbs. Fasting will help you to rejuvenate your body and improve the leptin / insulin resistance, which is the main cause for dementia.
- Increase magnesium level
Increased levels of magnesium lead to decreased signs of dementia. Magnesium threonate is beneficial for treating dementia and other forms.
- Consume nutritious diet loaded in folate
Vegetables are rich in folate and we should consume a lot of vegetables on a daily basis. You should avoid folic acid which is synthetic version of folate.
ADVICE ON PREVENTING ALZHEIMERS
Except diet, there are other factors which lead to neurological health. Here are some strategies for preventing Alzheimer’s:
Exercise stimulates hippocampus growth and improvement of memory. In addition it can change the processing of amyloid protein, thus preventing the progression of Alzheimer’s. Moreover, it increases the protein PGC-1alpha level.
- Increase vitamin D levels with sun exposure
Reduced level of vitamin D is related to Alzheimer’s and cognitive abilities. High vitamin D levels protect the brain cells and increase essential chemicals in the brain by increasing glial cells and restores health.
It also prevents Alzheimer’s due to anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating properties. 50 – 70 ng / ml is essential for immune system functioning in order to prevent inflammation which is related to Alzheimer’s.
- Avoid mercury
Amalgam fillings that are 50% mercury are the main sources of heavy metal toxicity.
- Avoid aluminum
Aluminum is found in vaccine adjuvant, cookware, and antiperspirants and so on.
- Avoid flu vaccinations
They have aluminum and mercury, which are immune-toxic and neuro-toxic agents.
- Avoid statin drugs and anticholinergics
Drugs that prevent the nervous system neurotransmitter-acetylcholine increases the risk of experiencing dementia. These drugs have narcotic pain relievers antidepressants sleep aids, antihistamines, nighttime pain relievers.
Statins are not beneficial as they prevent cholesterol synthesis, lower coenzyme Q10 and neurotransmitters in the brain; prevent essential fatty acids delivery in the brain by stimulating the production of low-density lipoprotein.
- Accept challenges
Stimulate yourself mentally and learn something new, like a new language. It will help you to prevent Alzheimer’s.