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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Lehr-Splawinski, Marketing Communications

How to reduce Dementia risk factors?

Unfortunately, there is still no cure for Dementia and Alzheimer's disease globally. As per more current research, there is hope for the development of a cure at some time in the future.

As per BC Alzheimer's Society, there are over

500, 0000 Canadians currently suffering from Dementia and, unfortunately this number will rise much higher in the coming years.

The number of seniors with Dementia ages 85+ is on rise in BC, currently estimated between 60,000 & 70,00 as per Government Canada statistics. There is no way to prevent dementia. We need to learn to understand the disease better by educating ourselves and learn to recognize any signs & symptoms. There are some approved medications which can possibly slow down early on-stage dementia. Speak to your Family Physician.

We know that aging affects our brain and our thinking which is a normal development. Keep in mind that it is never too early or too late to consider a healthier lifestyle & diet to help reduce dementia risks.

Researchers report that dementia risk factors are different for everyone. There are risk factors which are non-modifiable (can be changed) and, one that can be influenced/changed - modifiable.

Non-modifiable dementia risk factors:

Generics -some rare forms of dementia are associated with specific genes

Family history - can increase the risk but we still don't understand. Having a family history of dementia puts one at greater risk of developing the disease. However, many people with a family history never develop symptoms, and many people without a family history do. There are tests to determine whether you have certain genetic mutations. Ask your family physician.

Aging in general increases the risk of developing dementia, especially after age 65. However, dementia can also impact younger people.

Down syndrome causes risks of developing early-onset Alzheimer's disease by middle age.

Race & Gender: Some races are affected more than others. We know that women are more affected by dementia than men. Worldwide, women with dementia outnumber men 2 to 1.

Sore Modifiable risk factors refer to risks that can be influenced through smart lifestyle choices. A healthy lifestyle & diet will help reduce your risk of dementia. Keep your body, mind and heart healthy. It’s never too early or too late to start. Refer to reliable resources.

  • Health conditions such as high blood pressure & cholesterol, fat build up of in artery walls, and obesity are large risk factors.

  • Lifestyle: people who eat a healthy Mediterranean-style diet that is rich in produce, olive oil, whole grains, nuts & seeds are known to live longer and stay more healthy. Physical exercise & a healthy diet are reducing dementia risk.

  • Diabetes can increase your risk of dementia, especially if it's non diagnosed and or poorly controlled.

  • Depression is associated with an increased risk of dementia. Seek medical advice when you recognize the symptoms or a loved one expresses concerns.

  • Inadequate supply of essential nutrients (vitamins and minerals) in the diet can cause malnutrition or disease can be contributors

  • Some medications, some sleep medications & sedatives can worsen memory loss and put you at higher dementia risk. Speak with your Family Physician and Pharmacist.

  • Sleep problems such as sleep apnea, for example, will put one at higher risk.

  • Alcohol abuse is a big factor as it causes brain changes and early onset dementia.

  • Smoking increases the risk of developing dementia risk as well as blood vessel diseases and causes lung damage.

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