As we all know that as we age so do our bodies, including our brains. Sometimes we are quick to think that once we start forgetting things, it results to dementia, but that’s not always the case. Although we can’t help the fact that our brains age like our physical bodies, there are measures you can take to help preserve your brain for as long as possible.
1. Control Your Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Levels
Both high cholesterol and high blood pressure increase your risk of heart disease. Research has shown that they can be linked to developing certain types of dementia. Keeping your blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure levels and weight under control can help keep your cognitive function.
2. Don’t Smoke or Drink Excessively
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, smoking and excessive drinking can increase your risk of dementia.
3. Exercise Regularly
Regularly exercising maintains blood flow and reduces your risk of high blood pressure, which can lead to developing dementia.
A study that was published in 2020 found that exercising could help delay dementia cases by 1/3.
4. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Nutritious food rich in vitamin E, B and omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to good brain health. Foods rich in those nutrients and vitamins are foods like green leafy vegetables, vegetables, berries and seafood.
5. Stimulate Your Brain
Keep your brain active by having a mentally stimulating job, playing games or learning new skills. Its proven that doing brain-stimulating things can test your brain and help keep your brain sharp.
Spending time with others is good for your brain. A Japanese study published in 2021 reported that those who had high social engagement had a lower risk of developing dementia than those who didn’t.
The 6 tips above wont necessarily prevent you from developing dementia, but they can help lower the chances.
Once you notice significant memory loss or other cognitive symptoms that start to affect your daily life, it may be time to talk to a doctor. These symptoms may include:
• Asking questions repeatedly
• Forgetting / mixing up words when speaking
• Taking longer to complete daily tasks
• Misplacing items in odd places like putting car keys in the fridge
• Finding yourself lost in a familiar place
• Significant mood changes