The chances are, you know of somebody who has dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th largest killer in the United States.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia among other forms such as vascular and semantic dementia. Chances are high that you or somebody in your family will develop it. Dementia is a real threat as we get older, and the statistics do not look promising. Mortality rates are on the rise and the grief and hardship that it can cause is awful. If you know somebody who has dementia, you will know this. When your Grandfather forgets your name and who you are – it can be an awful feeling. The patients often get incredibly frustrated and this leads to pointless arguments, forced nursing home stays and unhappy families.
How You Can Help To Prevent Dementia
Until now, there have been no facts about preventing dementia, but a recent study has helped uncover some very helpful evidence. Experts from the University of South Dakota have found that subjects who have a higher blood content of Omega-3 (an essential fatty acid), will have a larger area of the brain known as the hippocampus. Dr Bill Harris from the Sanford School of Medicine explained that as the hippocampus shrinks, dementia starts to balloon into more of a problem. Harris recommends that as well as eating healthy portions of fish, good results will come from supplements containing EPA and DHA fats. Other research has supported the claims Harris has made. A group of doctors and health workers have shunned the approach of potentially harmful drugs and claim that a “Mediterranean diet” helps to control the symptoms of degenerative diseases. A sample Mediterranean diet would include foods like:
- Nuts – raw, not covered in sugar
- Fats such as olive oil instead of butter or margarine
- Herbs and spices instead of sauces for flavour
A mediterranean diet is relatively easy to follow. Just purchasing foods that are only a single ingredient is a safe way to shop. For example a fish is a fish and a nut is a nut. When you buy potato chips or a frozen dinner, they can have hundreds of ingredients and you have no idea what is really inside it!
This research was also supported by the University of Exeter’s Medical School. This style of diet has also helped prevent cancers, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Although science is constantly breaking through old myths and uncovering new facts, the fact remains that there is not much money in promoting healthy eating. There is however big money to be made promoting drugs and medical care.