7 Surprising Things That Raise Your Dementia Risk Slide (1 of 8)

More common to adults over the age of 60, and even more prevalent in those 80 and older, dementia is a disease that not only debilitates the body but robs people of their lives in general (both past and present). While Alzheimer’s is mostly what people think of when invoking the term “dementia,” there are other forms, and other causes of this condition. Research has shown that even diet and exercise and the lack thereof can increase the overall risk of dementia. Surprisingly, some of those things that can put people at a greater risk for dementia-related problems are not very commonly known, and yet have very real effects.

It has been estimated that every 4 seconds at least one new case of dementia is diagnosed. A staggering number, understanding what can hasten a decline in mental function, and therefore being cognizant of those risk factors that may be less evident, is imperative to helping with prevention of dementia related syndromes. Keep reading to learn more about what you can do to take precautions against the onset of dementia.

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Lack of Vitamin D

Throughout our brains we possess receptors for Vitamin D. The brain thus comes to rely upon this vitamin in many instances to protect it from damage. Researchers have found that an insufficient amount of vitamin D in our system can basically make the brain more susceptible to such damage and thereby hasten Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

A 2013 study in Denmark which followed a group of participants over the course of 30 years, discovered that those who developed dementia did exhibit lower levels of vitamin D in their systems. So what types of foods and supplements can we have that are rich in vitamin D…Milk is certainly a great source of this vitamin, as are fortified orange juices, certain types of fatty fish and also eggs. Additionally, there are numerous supplements available on the market today for helping you to inject more vitamin D into your diet. And nothing beats good old fashioned sunlight. The sun’s rays prompt the body to make more vitamin D. Being outside is definitely good for you: body and mind.

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