By Dr. Brian Draper
This paintings examines dementia with a unique specialise in Alzheimer's ailment. A down-to-earth, finished, and compassionate source, this advisor offers assistance for an individual suffering to come back to phrases with a prognosis of dementia for themselves or a friend. full of useful recommendation on drugs, complementary cures, and home or respite care, this consultant is a useful device for an individual frightened concerning the results of getting older at the brain.
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Some authorities believe that there may be a reduction of the risk; others suggest that the rate of dementia in centenarians may be at least 70 per cent. It also remains unclear whether the increased rates of dementia in old age are caused by the ageing process itself or by other diseases or events that are themselves age-related. 4 One particular strategy involving the ingestion of antioxidants may already be informally in place. Antioxidants potentially have a role in preventing dementia. As the brain ages, its capacity to remove certain harmful small molecules known as ‘free radicals’ is reduced, resulting in cell death and increased susceptibility of nerve cells to other factors that cause damage.
Diabetes mellitus Diabetes mellitus is associated with moderate cognitive deficits and brain changes that may be referred to as diabetic encephalopathy. Recent studies have shown that type 2 diabetes, which usually develops in later life and is believed to be strongly influenced by diet and obesity, increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by around one-and-a-half to twofold, and of vascular dementia by over twofold. In individuals with the apoE4 gene, type 2 diabetes increases the risk by five-and-a-half-fold.
In a study published in JAMA in 2002, investigators from Rush Presbyterian St Luke’s Medical Centre in Chicago followed 801 older Catholic nuns, priests and brothers for almost five years, tracking their everyday activities: reading the newspaper, listening to the radio, playing games such as chess, or watching television. 13 It may not just be the quantity of mental activity that is important. Deciding to stimulate your brain through a series of repetitive, boring mental exercises, or putting pressure on yourself by taking on an intellectual pursuit that is well beyond your capacity, may both be detrimental.
Dealing with Dementia: A Guide to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias by Dr. Brian Draper