Did you know that in the 10 most developed countries, the number of people younger than 74 and dying from dementia is spiking? And it's not because more people are living longer. It's a disproportionate spike.
My guess is that practically all of us know someone who has developed dementia, and it's not pretty. Medicine has made great advances in so many ways: if your heart stops, we can paddle you; if you develop cancer, we can cut it out; but if you start to lose your mind, there's simply no good option to offer you. Of all the diseases people are scared of, dementia tops the list.
And that's exactly why it's one of my favorite lecture topics. People who have seen the disease are scared to death they'll get it - but all they do is hope they don't. They don't realize there are 7 simple steps they can implement to greatly reduce the risk of developing dementia.
So that's why I put this article together. We'll tackle the top 4 myths about Alzheimer's Disease and dementia and you can download my free infographic illustrating the "Top 7 (Research-Backed) Tips for Preventing Dementia."
Before we begin our official myth busting, let's start by pointing out that dementia and Alzheimer's Disease are not exactly the same thing, although you sometimes hear people use them interchangeably. Dementia is a category of cognitive decline of which Alzheimer's Disease is one specific type. So, said another way, Alzheimer's is a type of dementia, but not all dementia is Alzheimer's Disease. Although, Alzheimer's Disease accounts for 50-70% of all dementia cases.
Myth #1: Dementia Is A Normal Part Of Aging
Just because a condition becomes common, doesn't make it normal. Dementia is becoming much more common (in fact, it's on the brink of reaching epidemic proportions), but it is absolutely not a normal part of aging. So why is its occurrence spiking? Well, that's exactly what researchers are trying to find out. Dementia is a disease process with many factors: diet, physical and mental exercise, and exposure to environmental pollution are the biggest factors to pay attention to.
Myth #2: Only The Elderly Get Dementia
The statistics are alarming: 50% of those who reach age 85 or older will have developed Alzheimer's Disease. And, while Alzheimer's Disease and dementia are progressive, degenerative diseases of the brain most often occurring in people over 65, people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s are still affected. In fact, it's affecting more younger people all the time.
Myth #3: There's Nothing I Can Do To Lower My Risk Of Developing Dementia
Dementia doesn't just happen without a lifestyle to support it. Dementia is strongly linked to heart disease and diabetes, so if you have one of those diseases, your odds of developing dementia skyrockets. That's why research shows that a healthy diet, regular exercise, and keeping your blood sugar stable lowers the risk significantly.
Myth #4: There's A Cure For Dementia - I Can Survive It
There's no cure (and NO survivors) when it comes to dementia - and that's exactly why you should take prevention seriously. Prevention is a lifestyle. It's your daily habits that build the picture of who you are and where your health is headed.
That's why I put together the "TOP 7 (RESEARCH-BACKED) TIPS FOR PREVENTING DEMENTIA." Consider it an all-star cheat sheet of the best that medical research has to offer for everyday prevention. Click the link below to get those tips now!