Do you have difficulties finding the right words to utter? Do you notice that you cannot any more handle what used to be easy tasks? How about episodes of confusion?
Many of us think “dementia” once we start having issues with our memory and cognitive skills. Because dementia is incorrectly attributed as a normal part of ageing—where the adjective “senile” comes to mind—those who do not yet call themselves as “aged” would pooh-pooh the symptoms until they begin to see a marked decline in their mental abilities.
If you think you are simply too young but already exhibiting memory problems, the least you can do is to acknowledge these symptoms. See a doctor. The earlier you seek professional help, the faster you can address what can, in some cases, turn out to be a treatable condition.
Dementia is not a disease by itself. Rather, it is a general term referring to diseases whose symptoms involve one’s ability to communicate and think. Alzheimer’s disease is just one kind of dementia.
In some cases, symptoms that might have freaked you out at first can be reversed. You can have dementia-like signs due to certain factors: Immune disorders such as hypothyroidism, side effects of drug interactions, Vitamin B1, B6 or B12 deficiency, and sometimes, chronic alcoholism.
In these cases, the earlier the underlying causes are treated, the better the chances of staving off the resulting cognitive issues.
And then there is the chronic type of dementia itself.
According to statistics reported by Medical News Today, there were 47.5 million dementia cases worldwide in 2010, but the number is expected to rise given that one person is being diagnosed with the disorder every 4 seconds across the globe.
Neuro-generative diseases cause most dementia over time. Other possible causes include any physical trauma to the head, a formation of tumor, or as an after-effect of stroke (or a series of strokes).
If you are an adult who is either over 65 years old, suffering from diabetes, obesity, or even have a family history of dementia, you may be predisposed to this chronic and degenerative condition.
5 Ways to Lessen Your Risks
Recent studies have shown that while genetics may be a major risk factor, there are two others that can set the stage for dementia: your environmental and lifestyle factors. Here are ways to address these to help reduce your risks: