What are the risk factors for potentially developing dementia? What causes dementia?
Scientific studies is continuously evolving and challenging the factors and risk elements for the progression of dementia. Listed below are indicators of developing possibility of dementia.
Is the most significant risk factor according to National Institute on Ageing, the number of people living with dementia doubles every five years after the age of sixty-five. After 85, the risk
reaches nearly 50%. Age is a major element in developing dementia. As people age there is a higher chance of acquiring dementia
Because of this condition there might be a partial block or total block of blood circulation to certain parts of the brain. Meaning it can prevent or partly block the supply of oxygen to the brain. This will result in damages to distinct regions or the entire brain. Oxygen is an essential and important component of the natural operation of the brain and the rest of the body.
- Heavy metals
Yet still being investigated, the effect of aluminum on the beginning and advancement of dementia may have an impact. Early signs exhibit higher heavy metals concentrations in the residents blood stream may cause inadequate oxygen and nutrients from moving to the brain.
- Blood clots
Small and medium blood clots can result in a degree of deterioration to brain cells/ nerve endings. The outcome of this can result to reduced reactions and thinking times for people with Dementia.
- Alcohol and substance abuse including drugs
Long term and improper use of drugs can easily contribute to levels of brain damage. This may result in neurological injury and memory loss.
- High blood pressure
When your blood pressure’s too high, it puts extra stress on blood vessels everywhere in your body, including your brain. This increases the risk of vascular problems in the brain.
High glucose levels damage blood vessels throughout the body. Damage in brain blood vessels can increase the risk of stroke and vascular dementia.
- Genetic Risk Factors/ Family Risk factors
Studies have revealed that there may be more risk with people who have family members who have developed dementia, and may get disease as well. Scientific studies in this area is continuously developing and more definitive solutions will come to hand as other indicators are narrowed down.
Those who have a parent or sibling with Dementia are more likely to develop the disease. The risk increases if more than one family member has the illness. When diseases tend to run in families, either heredity (genetics) or environmental factors, or both, may play a role.
- Diseases such as Parkinsons Disease
Parkinsons Disease can influence the normal functions of the brain such as a road block to some of the normal messages within the brain. Investigation has revealed that this can influence the normal functioning of the brain.
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