Ask The Nurse; What are the greatest risks for getting dementia?

June 10, 2021

There are 8 treatable & sometimes preventable risk factors for developing dementia.

  1. Cardiovascular Disease: Monitor your blood pressure & keep it under control. Keep active with daily exercise & eat a healthy diet.
  2. Diabetes: Maintain a healthy A1c. Keep your blood sugar under control.
  3. Depression: Take care of your mental health by socializing, doing hobbies & exercising.
  4. Head Injuries: This causes a greater risk for dementia, if 50 years of age or older.
  5. Sleep Problems: Lack of oxygen, apnea while sleeping, avoiding the use of a C-PAP or oxygen, if needed can greatly increase the risk of dementia.
  6. Mid-Life Obesity: Stay on a healthy diet. Maintain a healthy weight.
  7. Smoking: If you smoke, you have a 30% greater chance of developing dementia with the use of tobacco.
  8. Heavy Alcohol Consumption: This increases the risk of dementia, as well as strokes.

Maintaining a healthy life-style, weight & mind may not prevent dementia, but can delay its effects.

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