Lifestyle Options Can Avoid Dementia Development
It the passed years this disease affected an increased number of individuals, only in Brittan being more than 825,000 people suffering from dementia, and specialists say that these numbers will be growing in the following years, reaching probably over a million in 2015.
However, according to the researchers, the chances to form dementia, which is a disease extremely hard to treat, can be reduced if diseases such as depression and diabetes are cured in time and if your lifestyle choice supposes both fruits and vegetables diets, combined with physical exercises. But, unfortunately people are not aware of these facts and from this point of view, the first step in improving the general health would be educating people about the danger of this disease.
Specialists consider that a public initiative on this matter can actually mean the decrease with about 40 percent of the disease forming, referring to those that are expected to be developing dementia. Researchers from both Brittan and France have agreed that education can reduce with about 18 percent of the number of new cases of dementia in the next seven years.
The same study made in London also showed that listening to the advices regarding the consumption of fruits and vegetables and by eliminating depression and diabetes by having the right treatment at the right time, can determine a 21 percent decrease in all cases of depression diagnosis.
The research was published in the British Medical Journal and according to the results the reduction in the “incidence of dementia over the next seven years would be maximized by the elimination of diabetes and possibly depression. Increasing crystallised intelligence and consumption of fruit and vegetables also seem to have a potentially high impact,” as one of the specialists noted. Researchers used in the analysis 1,433 healthy people, individuals that were aged over 65 years old. The subjects were submitted to cognitive tests since 1999.
This is the way they reached the result that an earlier detection and appropriate treatment for diabetes and depression can mean dementia avoidance, because they are both linked to the gradual loss of mental function. Specialists suggest constant medical checks in order to detect the disease as soon as formed. “We know there are links between depression, diabetes and dementia, so any policy that urges clear diagnosis and monitoring of these conditions could help make an impact on dementia,” one of the researchers mentioned.
Another thing that this study pointed out is that in many cases, when the individual suffering from dementia gets a medical check, he or she receives a wrong diagnosis from the family doctor. When this happens, treatment starts later and so the individual has no support. However, people must know how to handle the disease and they have to be informed about it.
With dementia life expectancy can vary a lot from one individual to another, sometimes depending on the why the diagnosis is made. “Without earlier diagnosis people may miss out on the opportunity to have early intervention as new treatments come along,” said Chris Kennard from the Medical Research Council.
Well, most specialists agree with the fact that dementia has become a great problem all over the world and that people still know a few things about the condition. Lifestyle changes and constant medical supervision are the things that specialists recommend in order to prevent the disease from being formed, and once it’s inevitable, to be able to start treatment right after the disease forming, with the purpose to raise your life expectancy with years.11