If you thought that Alzheimer’s disease are only affected the elderly, in recent times there have been cases of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease affects young adults in the age group of 30 to 40. according to the Alzheimer’s Association, early onset of the disease has been between 5 percent of Alzheimer affected population.
Although it is a rare case, doctors say that due to the exponential growth in Alzheimer’s patients, particularly in India, is extremely critical to be aware of Alzheimer’s disease and its symptoms.
“Early onset Alzheimer’s mainly affects young adults, either with a family history of Alzheimer’s or dementia or due to specific mutations. Despite the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease has no cure, proper diagnosis and proper treatment can go a long way in slowing the process of Alzheimer’s disease, “ Ramakrishna said Dr. Anil, a specialist in neurology at Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal. With the World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 st September, it is essential to create a massive awareness on this issue.
According to estimates of Alzheimer’s disease and Related Society of India (ARDSI) disorders, there were about 3.7 million Indians with dementia in 2012. It is expected that these numbers to cross seven million in 2030 , imposing a huge as well as the social, economic burden on the country.
“Dementia is not a normal part of aging as many people believe. It is a neurological disorder and has a varied set of symptoms. These symptoms are often overlooked as family members confuse with lack of memory related to age. Being aware and vigilant of the symptoms and seek medical advice may allow early diagnosis, paving the way for timely treatment can slow the symptoms and mitigate the distressing problems in some patients, “ added doctor.
who have difficulty remembering things, asking the same questions several times, having trouble paying bills or doing simple math problems, getting lost, losing things or putting them in strange places are some of the early signs and symptoms you can look out for.
Here are some tips Dr. Anil that can help reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease
- Exercise: Regular physical exercise can reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. brisk walking, jogging, cycling, playing sports like swimming, etc throughout life can help reduce the risk.
- Mental exercise: People with major mental alertness and activity is believed that there is a lower risk of dementia. It is very important that people continue to stimulate the brain by solving puzzles, reading and writing and engaging in peer group activities.
- Eat healthy brain: Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids is recommended to keep the brain healthy. Including nuts, fish, soy and flaxseed in your diet will help reduce the risk. A study recently published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging concluded that coffee consumption may be an impediment to Alzheimer’s disease. the effects of coffee on the central nervous system may be associated with this link.
- be aware of the symptoms: Dementia begins with mild symptoms of memory loss. A degenerative brain disorder such as Alzheimer’s can not be reversed or cured. However, its progression can be delayed, if diagnosed in time. Therefore, it is important that family members are alert to detect any of these symptoms in a person and immediately inform the doctor.
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