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Preventable and reversible dementia causes

Written by on Friday, May 08, 2015
Preventable and reversible dementia causes

Dementia is an umbrella term for symptoms of memory loss, confusion, and an overall decline of mental ability and is triggered by a number of diseases, according to alz.org. Seniors and families need to understand that dementia is a general term in order to understand its full vastness, symptoms and causes. While some causes of dementia are irreversible, such as age, or a stroke, there are other sources that, when combated, can help reverse the effects of dementia. Learn more about the causes of dementia symptoms and what you can do about it to promote an active retirement lifestyle:

Metabolic problems
According to MedicineNet.com, dementia can be caused by certain metabolic issues such as thyroid problems, hypoglycemia and pernicious anemia. The chemical imbalances created with these metabolic difficulties can cause confusion, depression, apathy and irritability, all of which link with dementia.

While these symptoms may become permanent if left untreated, catching metabolic problems early can help reverse the effects. If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing these issues, speak with your doctor right away. He or she can conduct tests to determine whether the diseases are present.

Medications
Some side effects of certain combinations of medications and supplements can cause confusion or memory loss. Continued use of the medication can lead to the worsening of these symptoms or even dementia. This is because, as humans age, their livers and kidneys lose the ability to clean out toxins from the body. This means that higher levels of drugs remain in the blood than the dose intends to give, according to Group Health Cooperative. So, the likeliness of multiple medications reacting with one another increases, and that chemical mix is what causes dementia symptoms.

Fortunately, this cause of dementia is fairly preventable. Your physicians and pharmacists know which medications should not be prescribed together. Therefore, it's essential that you keep open communication with your doctors about what drugs you're taking. Take a list of the medications when you go in for a doctor visit, and call your pharmacist if you have any questions.

Alcoholism
Dementia can also be caused by excessive consumption of alcohol. Specifically, alcoholism can lead to Korsakoff's syndrome, which is caused by alcohol-related brain injuries. According to Alzheimer's Australia, Korsakoff's syndrome exhibits symptoms of dementia: impaired ability to learn, memory problems, balance issues and personality changes.

Alcoholism is a preventable disease, and the syndromes that come with it can also be reversed if they are caught early enough. Unlike other forms of dementia, alcohol-inhibited mental capabilities are common among young people. Therefore, as soon as someone experiences symptoms of dementia from alcoholism, that person should stop the consumption of alcohol and improve his or her diet.

While some forms of dementia are irreversible, it's important to know which ones you can prevent. Take care of yourself and your loved ones to maintain a healthy mind.

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