Written by Sara Uffelman
Fact checked by The Brain Blog Team
There is no question that the brain is one of the most vital and powerful organs in our bodies. Our brains act as our bodies’ control center, responsible for for our thoughts, feelings, memories, behaviors, and general perceptions of the world. And yet, I often don't hear any conversation about brain health until it's too late (i.e., dementia and Alzheimer's disease). Why are people more concerned with the physical signs of aging (wrinkles or body weight) than they are with the internal, mental and emotional.. With an organ this powerful, shouldn’t we do everything we can to protect it?
As we age, our bodies become susceptible to disease, illness, and decline. One of the most common symptoms for disease of the brain is dementia, claiming around 50 million people globally. Many actually think Dementia and Alzheimer’s are the same illness. Fact check! Alzheimer’s disease is actually the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or thinking skills. Other symptoms can include changes to behavior, mood and personality that are sometimes severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Today, somebody is diagnosed with dementia every three seconds. Why is this becoming more common? The answer is simple – because we are living longer and the biggest risk factor for dementia is age.
Check out the following Brain Blog on What The Alzheimer's Association and Other Experts Know About Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia.
This may make you wonder, “is there anything I can do to prevent dementia?” While there is currently no cure for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study suggests people are not doomed to get dementia. We can reduce our chances with lifestyle changes! We can't change the genes we inherit, but changing our lifestyle can help stack the odds in our favor.
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