You expect the first warning sign of memory loss to be… well… memory loss. That would make sense, right?
But the latest research reveals another part of the body that might be impacted LONG before your memory takes a hit. And this one is also very noticeable.
In fact, it’s basically impossible to ignore.
The problem is most folks don’t connect it to cognitive issues. And frankly, for a good reason, because there’s no obvious link.
So they never get a chance to spot the red flag. And that means they never get that critical early opportunity to act.
I want to change that. So today, I’m going to share what you need to be looking for.
Even better, I’ve also got the inside scoop on exactly what you can do to support your brain health in those crucial early stages when you’re at risk for memory loss… even if you don’t actually have any signs of it yet.
Tell-tale tingle is a dementia red flag
Your legs and feet are a long way from your brain. Yet that’s where you have to look if you want to spot this warning.
You’re watching for signs of what doctors call peripheral nerve impairments or neuropathies. But to most of us, they’re better known as pain… numbness… tingling… burning… and loss of sensation.
These nerve impairments often lead to problems moving, including slower walking, shuffling, and difficulty getting around. And now, scientists say the more of these issues you have, the greater your risk of developing dementia over the next decade.
According to the new study, sensory impairments alone are linked to a 40 percent increase in dementia. But when combined with motor problems, that risk is doubled. And three or more different types of impairments are associated with a nearly two and a half times increased risk.
And this isn’t the first time we’ve seen links between peripheral neuropathy and cognitive impairments in seniors, either. Earlier research has hinted at the connection before. And experts say the more severe the neuropathy is, the more serious the cognitive issues appear to be.
People with diabetes tend to develop these nerve impairments more often than folks who don’t battle blood sugar issues. But that doesn’t let the rest of us off the hook. Because the link remains solid even in people with no sign of diabetes.
Act NOW to drive down risk
Now, if you’re anything like me, you started to feel tingling in your legs and feet the moment you read this. And you’re thinking, “Is THAT it? Do I have it?”
If you suspect you have peripheral nerve issues, your doctor can run some tests. Some of them are so simple that you’re essentially just getting poked in the foot in different spots to see if you can feel it and determine how much sensation you have.
But if it turns out that you do have one or more of these conditions… or you are at risk for them… you don’t have to panic. Just the opposite, in fact. Because this early warning sign is actually a gift.
It allows you to act now up to 10 years before potential issues bubble up. That’s an entire decade to take steps to stop dementia BEFORE it starts.
You can get a leg up against cognitive struggles by increasing your intake of brain-friendly B vitamins. A B-complex will give you B6, B12, and folic acid, all in the same supplement.
And the Bs aren’t just good for your brain either. They’re great for your peripheral nerves, too.
Also, consider brain-boosting fish oil, ginkgo, and citicoline as well. And you can even try fun brain exercises that could help keep your gray matter charged up and ready to go. There are apps you can get on your smartphone, and puzzles, word games, and crosswords all count too.
For more on building a barrier against dementia, see my earlier report, “How to STOP dementia now BEFORE it starts.”
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