Healthy living could help fight dementia

Healthy living could help fight dementia

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 8:00 pm

Healthy living could help fight dementia

Many people are apprehensive about getting older because of the fear of losing their faculties. Individuals may worry that dementia could rob them of precious memories and make daily living more difficult.
Many factors can contribute to the onset of dementia, and recent research notes those factors include heart disease, strokes and other serious health conditions that affect the circulatory system.
But other seemingly harmless conditions can play a role, too.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle could help seniors fend off dementia.
Researchers in Canada studied data on more than 7,000 survey participants who answered questions of overall health.
While circulatory diseases did correlate high to dementia onset, researchers discovered additional conditions, including arthritis, sinus infections, incontinence, and poor hearing, also played a role.
The correlation between circulatory issues and brain function may be obvious, but researchers aren’t exactly sure why minor health infractions could contribute to senility.
Some suggest that people with the burden of health problems may not be able to successfully thwart deterioration of the brain that comes with dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease.
The World Alzheimer Report states that more than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
These are largely brain-destroying illnesses that have no cure. But adults might be able to prevent or delay its onset. Placing a greater emphasis on overall health may help.
Published in The WCP 12.4.12

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