Dementia can’t be cured, but it can be prevented.
Dementia strikes more fear than sudden death and even stroke. The impact on families is devastating. The cost is overwhelming. The solutions are elusive.
Dementia is not just one disease. There is Alzheimer’s Disease, vascular dementia, dementia associated with Parkinson’s and many other variations.
Therefore it should come as no surprise that there has not been, and likely will not be, a drug to cure dementia, especially once it is robbing us of our memories and cognitive function.
I recommend the following book for those interested in this because it clarifies that, while there is much we don’t know and can’t control, there is much we can do: “The End of Alzheimer’s” by Dale Bredesen MD
A key component of prevention is knowing what signs to look for to catch a disease early to start treatment
Memory loss affecting daily function
Issues communicating or finding words
Trouble with reasoning and problem solving
Confusion and Disorientation
Difficulty handling tasks or organizing and planning
Loss of motor function
Depression and Anxiety
The good news is that anyone can implement and afford the most effective preventive interventions:
Eliminate sugar and refined carbohydrates including dairy
Time Restricted Feeding/Intermittent Fasting
These should sound familiar to those who are working our program to prevent heart attack, stroke and Type 2 Diabetes.
Isn’t it great that we have so much power to improve our own health by giving up the things that give us short term pleasure but cause such long term harm?
Knowing and improving your arterial age and visceral fat are the key interim measures of success. They can be improved if you know YOUR root causes. And the cost is much less than you might think and certainly less costly than a heart attack, stroke, Type 2 Diabetes or dementia. And the side effects are more energy, function and clear thinking.