Sign in
Download Opera News App



Health Living


Disease prevention and treatment

How to reduce your risk of dementia.

Before moving forward on how to reduce the risk of dementia, I will love to explain to you what dementia means.

Dementia is a dangerous mental disorder, caused by brain disease or any head injury and marked by memory disorders, and impaired reasoning. Areas particularly affected include,memory,attention, judgement and languages.


1. Be physically active.

Doing regular physical activities or exercise is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of dementia and brain disease. It’s good for your health, heart, blood circulation, weight and mental wellbeing.

It’s important to find a way of exercising that works for you. You might find it helpful to start off with a small amount of activity and build it up gradually. Even 10 minutes at a time is good for you and try to avoid long sitting down for too long.

2. Eat healthily

A healthy and consistent balanced diet may reduce your risk of dementia, as well as other conditions or diseases you might have including cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, stroke and heart disease.

3. Don't smoke

If you are a smoker, the probability of you having dementia is 99% and you’re putting yourself at much higher risk of developing dementia and other internal diseases. You’re also increasing your risk of other conditions, including type 2 diabetes, stroke, and burnt lung, and other lungs cancers. 

Smoking does a lot of harm to the circulation of blood around the body, including the blood vessels in the brain, as well as the heart and lungs.

4. Drink less alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol increases your risk of developing dementia and other deadly diseases

At most, you should aim to drink no more than 14 units each week. If you regularly drink much more than this, you’re at risk of alcohol related brain damage.

If you drink as many as 14 units in a week, try to spread them out over at least three days.

5. Exercise your mind.

Mind exercise intended to improve strength and fitness of your mind.Keeping your mind active and fit, it is likely to reduce your risk of dementia. Regularly challenging yourself mentally seems to build up the brain’s ability to cope with disease. Find a mind game exercise and play it.Find something you like doing that challenges your brain and do it regularly. It’s important to find something that you’ll keep up.

6. Take control of your health

You should have the full control of your health by reducing all the everyday stress and activities you do. Do not overcome your sleeping time at least sleep well for about 16hrs and start a mid-life.Mid-life is an important time to start taking care of your health, if you’re not doing so already.

It’s important to see your GP every week and move close to your doctor's and ask him/her about health problems such as depression, hearing loss, or not getting enough sleep.

Content created and supplied by: dominicakinnayajo1112 (via Opera News )



Load app to read more comments