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Tips on Avoiding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and is characterized by the accumulation of plaques and tangles, which are two types of proteins, in the brain. This disease eventually kills brain cells and results in death

Causes of Dementia and Alzheimer’s?

Only one percent of Alzheimer’s cases are definitively linked to genetics. The remaining 99% of the cases are most likely caused by various things including inflammation in the brain, vascular risk factors, head injury, and lifestyle. The leading causes of dementia are infection, alcoholism, and head injury.

Tips to Improve Your Odds

Healthy habits may help you ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s. A healthy lifestyle begins with physical exercise, and there is convincing evidence that thirty minutes of moderately vigorous aerobic exercise three to four days per week helps to prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease. It has also been shown to slow the progression of the disease in people who already have symptoms.

Eating a Mediterranean diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish, and moderate amounts of eggs, poultry, dairy, and red wine, with red meat sparingly included has been shown to thwart the onset of dementia and slow its progression.

Aim to get seven to eight hours of sleep per night, as growing evidence shows sleep is linked to greater amyloid clearance from the brain, resulting in a reduced chance of developing Alzheimer’s.

Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury

The causes of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia of all types are not fully understood. However, over the past thirty years, research has linked moderate to severe traumatic brain injury to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia years after the original injury.

Dementia symptoms due to injury vary greatly depending on what area of the brain sustained injury. Most injury related dementia begins to develop within a month of the accident and may worsen over time. However, some individuals develop memory loss, confusion, mood changes, aggression, and other symptoms of dementia many months to years later.

Shea Law Group

If you or someone you love has experienced a traumatic brain injury, and you believe they are showing signs of dementia due to the injury, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Shea Law Group, we understand what you are going through, and we are here to help. Give us a call at (877)-365-0040 to speak with a dedicated Elgin personal injury lawyer today. There is absolutely no risk, as we never charge a dime unless we win compensation for you.