Disturbing revelations about dementia are emerging as researchers predict over 150 million people will be affected by 2050, as reported in the Lancet Public Health. With no cure yet, the key to fighting this condition lies in early detection. Early diagnosis is the gateway to future care and treatment, putting symptom awareness in the spotlight.
While memory problems, especially recent event recall, are often the first red flag for dementia, a physician suggests that motor issues and physical signs could take the lead. Dr. Johannes Uys, a GP at Broadgate General Practice, has disclosed that physical symptoms may manifest before memory loss in some cases of dementia.
Dr. Uys has shared the following initial indicators to keep an eye on: • Unsteady walking • Clumsiness • Coordination difficulties • Limb tremors or stiffness
It’s worth noting that these signs might signal specific types of dementia, like Parkinson’s disease dementia. Moreover, individual experiences with dementia can vary, leading to differences in symptom progression, Dr. Uys explained. He emphasized the importance of seeking medical advice for a thorough evaluation if any of these early signs are observed in oneself or a loved one.
Dr. Uys also underscored, “Early detection and intervention can help manage symptoms and provide the necessary support.”
Preventing dementia risk involves making certain changes. While factors like age are beyond control, others can be modified. Similar to a healthy diet, reducing saturated fat, salt, and sugar intake while increasing fiber consumption can be beneficial, as advised by the NHS. Dangerous foundations for dementia, like alcohol and smoking, should be addressed by quitting or cutting back on drinking.
Engaging in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity weekly, such as brisk walking, cycling, or dancing, could also contribute to prevention. Additionally, the health service recommends reducing sitting time by incorporating regular movement breaks.