Starting on 17 May, Dementia Action Week is a national event to encourage people to act and recognise the devasting impact that dementia can have on individual’s lives.
Dementia is used to describe many different conditions that can affect the brain, with one of the most common forms being Alzheimer’s disease – accounting for an overwhelming 60 per cent of diagnoses in the UK alone.
According to the NHS, there is no one method to prevent all types of dementia and this is still being widely investigated by researchers. Not only this, but how the condition develops more generally is still being studied too.
However, both the NHS and many charities suggest that there are various things people can do to reduce their risk of this severe disease developing later in life:
Try to stay social. The NHS suggest that untreated depression can often increase your risk of developing dementia.
Depression can also occur as part of the overall symptoms of dementia itself. Having low moods, anxiety or depression can impact your ability to be socially active and do mentally stimulating activities. However, these are both key things that influence the prevention and treatment of dementia profoundly.
Keep exercising. This one may seem obvious as most health experts suggest that exercise is essential for making sure your body is fit and healthy.
Nevertheless, when it comes to dementia, experts agree that people should attempt to lead an active life into mid later life to reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes. This is important as losing even five to 10 per cent of the excess body weight can help reduce your risk of dementia.
Not only this, but individuals in non-manual desk jobs should also try to move around regularly. Whether this is taking the stairs or walking around the office more, it is important to not stay inactive for long periods on a regular basis.
Reduce your alcohol intake. Experts recommend preventing alcohol misuse and limit drinking to less than 21 units per week.
The NHS also suggest that you should stick to the recommended limit of drinking at no more than 14 units of alcohol a week for both men and women.
Spreading these 14 units a week over three or more days is also recommended.
Eat healthily. Diets that are high in saturated fat, salt and sugar can increase the risk of high blood pressure. Cutting this down will ultimately assist in avoiding dementia later in life.
For more information on how to eat well, visit the NHS’s Eatwell Guide.
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