7 Science-Backed Tips To Prevent Dementia!

By: Chandana Rao
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Memories are special moments that tell stories about us, right? Imagine, one fine day, you lose all the memories that you have made throughout the years - such an incident could alter the perception of who you are!

Well, as humans we make memories every day! Sad ones, happy ones, exciting ones and so on!
Any action that is worth remembering for a long time is stored in the memory folders in our brain, so that we can re-visit that incident mentally, even years later!

Without memories, things would not have been the same for humanity.
The processes of learning, development and advancement have only been possible because humans are able to remember things and make use of them later.

For instance, we study for our exams and only if we remember the things that we studied, we would be able to pass!

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So, memories are a very important part of a human's life and a good memory is directly proportional to good health!

Memory can be scientifically described as the faculty in which the brain stores and remembers information.

Now, humans are prone to suffer from a number of diseases throughout their lives and while some diseases can affect people of any age and gender, a few others are age or gender specific.

For example, ailments like PCOS can affect only women. Similarly, there are a few diseases that affect people after a certain age.

Arthritis, hearing/vision deterioration, Alzheimer's, dementia, etc., are some of the diseases which usually affect people above the age of 60.

Dementia is a condition that affects the memory of a person. It is a chronic disorder in which a person's ability to think, remember and other such mental processes gradually decline.

Dementia can also be caused by injury to the brain; however, in ageing people, it is usually due to the degeneration of brain cells.

So, here are a few science-based tips that can help prevent dementia by maintaining your brain health.

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Tip #1

Never stop learning new things, even if you have completed your formal education. Learning new things every day, even if they are small, can keep your brain cells active for a longer time and prevent dementia.

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Tip #2

If you feel like your hearing ability has declined, seek professional help, as hearing loss is highly associated with the risk of dementia.

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Tip #3

If you are suffering from high blood pressure, make healthy lifestyle changes and seek medical help in order to keep it under control, as high BP can also cause dementia.

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Tip #4

If you are a diabetes patient, ensure that you take medicines and follow a healthy lifestyle to keep your blood sugar level under control, as high blood sugar levels can also lead to dementia.

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Tip #5

Obesity is also linked to the degeneration of brain cells and dementia, so it is very important to keep your weight under control.

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Tip #6

Many research studies have shown that brisk walking on a daily basis, for at least 30 minutes, can keep your brain cells active and help prevent dementia.

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Tip #7

It is said that smokers are at a higher risk of developing dementia, so experts advise people to quit smoking if they want to lower the risk of dementia.

Read more about: brain, mind, body, dementia
Story first published: Friday, August 4, 2017, 18:40 [IST]
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