The risk of entering a period of gradual memory loss is huge and it could even cause depression if not well handled.
Amidst this worries that we have are reports of increase in the number of persons who are falling into this dangerous state referred to as dementia.
“Dementia is an illness characterized by a deterioration in cognitive function beyond what might be expected from normal ageing.
“It affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language and judgment.
“Dementia results from a variety of diseases and injuries that affect the brain, such as Alzheimer disease or stroke.
“Dementia is a rapidly growing public health problem affecting around 50 million people globally.
“There are nearly 10 million new cases every year.
“It is a major cause of disability and dependency among older people.
“Additionally, the disease inflicts a heavy economic burden on societies as a whole.
“The costs of caring for people with dementia is estimated to rise to US$ 2 trillion annually by 2030,” the World Health Organization (WHO) wrote.
Dementia May Triple In Coming Years
Most importantly, our memory is where everything that we know and can associate with is stored.
Imagine an adult not remembering that he should use the water closet when it is time to wee-wee.
Sad as it appears, it happens.
“In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple.
“We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia,” WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said.
Although this report is something of concern, there is a way out of the woods.
But every individual has some work to do to ensure that their memory does not decline.
It is possible.
For instance, some very old persons we know who do the things WHO is recommending still remembers vividly a lot of what happened years ago.
Interestingly, Dr. Ghebreyesus and the WHO highlighted what we all need to do to keep our memory fresh.
“The scientific evidence gathered for these Guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time, that what is good for our heart, is also good for our brain,” he said.
Sadly, people in Nigeria’s commercial city, Lagos, do not have time to exercise. But there is a way of exercising that they could adopt.
Above all, this plan has been offered to many of the residents of the mega city and it has worked for women and men who have blood pressure issues and other diseases.
Exercise can really keep your memory intact and also help your body detoxify.
WHO recommends a minimum of 150 minutes per week.
2. Do Not Smoke
To aid the memory, Tobacco Smoking, should be avoided and even staying around people who smoke should be avoided more.
Tobacco is one substance that lessens your body’s immune response, making you more susceptible to infections.
Tobacco products damage virtually every system of the body, and the memory is no different.
3. Avoid Harmful Use Of Alcohol
Taking alcohol must be moderated.
Because of the level of suppression that alcohol gives to the memory, the ability to make instantaneous decisions drop below normal level. This is one of the reasons it is a crime to drink and drive.
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Imagine what it will do to the brain if an individual consistently suppresses the brain with alcohol on a daily basis.
Consequently, the brain will get used to that level of suppression and probably remain more in that level over time.
4. Control Weight
We cannot treat the issue of weight enough, as everyday more and more diseases are getting associated with it.
People who have diabetes have come down with memory loss and here is just one reason that could happen.
Majority of the persons who have been diagnosed are persons who have exceeded their Body Max Index.
Weight gain could become a burden to the heart and then the brain will get a share of that burden, reducing its capacity to function normally.
5. Eat Healthy Diet
Ironically, a healthy lifestyle in Nigeria is considered expensive.
However, that is an erroneous perception that you should throw away if you have it.
There are cheap places that people can get vegetables and other grains that they need to stay healthy.
For instance, Red Rice, we know improves memory and brain capacity and it is available for persons who want them to supplement their meals.
Chat with a health coach here if you want to add Red Rice to your diet.
Meanwhile, eating healthy does not mean that you should eat these grains that are not so common everyday of your life.
Nevertheless, getting the natural nutrient it gives once in a while is worth it.
Some other items that are readily available that we know can improve memory are Dark Chocolate (not sweetened), sweet potatoes and walnuts.
Others are avocados, flax see and Flax seed oil. fatty fish, apples, peanuts and dark green leafy vegetables.
6. Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure
More so, maintaining a healthy blood pressure is another thing that is highly recommended to guard against dementia.
7. Monitor Blood Sugar Levels
You should also ensure that your blood sugar level does not exceed what it should be.
Also, this could help reduce the risk of dementia. Diabetes has been linked to abnormal sugar level in the blood.
8. Check Cholesterol Level
Furthermore, cholesterol level could be controlled if we would give attention to how much cholesterol we need daily.
Be sure of the amount and compare it with the quantity that you consume daily.
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Cholesterol level is one thing that every individual should check at the clinic once in a while.
It is necessary so that you will be sure you are staying within the recommended figures.
Total cholesterol levels less than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) are considered desirable for adults.
For instance, a reading between 200 and 239 mg/dL is considered borderline high and a reading of 240 mg/dL and above is considered high. LDL cholesterol levels should be less than 100 mg/dL.
Living healthy for us is keeping these eight rules that have been highlighted above in mind always.
This will help improve your memory capacity which you need to make life a beautiful place for everyone.