Poor control of chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, overweight or obesity, increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s: Progressive memory disturbances caused by dementias are not a normal part of aging.
For this reason, it is of the utmost importance that before the first symptoms that affect daily life go to a medical professional. This was reported by the psychiatrist of the Regional Hospital “Gral. Ignacio Zaragoza ”from the Institute of Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE), Isabel Cruz Valdez.
On the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day, which was commemorated on September 21. The Institute specialist assured that progressive memory alterations caused by dementias are not a normal part of aging.
This disease is the most common of the dementias
“Although Alzheimer’s is not curable, the battery of pharmacological treatments are intended to delay its progression in memory impairment and extend life in better functional conditions for patients. Which is complemented with physical, mental and occupational rehabilitation therapies ”, he pointed out.
After specifying that this disease is the most frequent of the dementias and constitutes between 60 and 70 percent of all cases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO). The specialist of ISSSTE highlighted that its early diagnosis and comprehensive care for both patients and their caregivers are the most important challenges.
There are recommendations that favor the functioning of memory
Preventing and guaranteeing that a person will not have this type of dementia is not possible, he clarified. However, there are recommendations that favor the functioning of memory by stimulating the formation of new neural connections. Which, can contribute to counteract the functions performed by those that are deteriorating.
This, he explained, “is achieved when people undertake totally new activities or learning. For example, if they are experts in languages, that they learn to play guitar or another activity of their interest ”.
There are a series of measures that contribute to strengthening mental health
Although it sounds cliché, said the specialist, there are a series of measures that contribute to strengthening mental health and brain functions. As they are to have a balanced and healthy diet and an adequate consumption of water. Making physical activation a daily practice can be from adopting the habit of walking, going up and down stairs or practicing a sport.
Similarly, it helps reduce all cardiovascular risk factors such as overweight and obesity, high triglycerides. As well as in patients diagnosed with hypertension and diabetes mellitus, maintain adequate control and adherence to treatment.
Patients with dementias such as Alzheimer’s do not die from this disease.
Remember that patients with dementias such as Alzheimer’s do not die from this disease.
Depending on their age they can live up to 20 or 30 years and over time the memory impairment is so serious that it causes many symptoms of aggressiveness. Because by not recognizing or remembering their environment or their relatives, they feel threatened and insecure and become hostile to their caregivers, he said.
For this reason, he affirmed, it is essential to include family caregivers in the treatment, with sessions of psychoeducation and accompaniment in the changes that their loved one will present, as well as training in the best way to handle them, to prevent them from collapsing and patients get complicated.
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