When it comes to dementia, everyone’s laser-focused on spotting memory loss. Regular folks and doctors alike have their eyes peeled for any sign of a struggle to remember things.
Some of those incidents turn out to be run-of-the-mill senior moments. In other cases, you can practically feel your most precious memories slipping away. And when those start to go, you could be facing something much more serious.
But behind the scenes, researchers have noticed something else.
When the memory loss is so bad that you actually notice it, it might already be too late. Because, at that point, the condition is already setting in.
There ARE steps you can take to help protect your memory and potentially even reverse the damage. But your efforts are far more likely to move the dial if you act earlier. And that’s what the latest research delivers.
It’s a chance to act earlier than ever. In other words, an opportunity to spot your own personal risk early so you can start to turn the ship around before the real damage is done.
The “M” word that could be a dementia red flag
The first sign that you might be headed down the path to dementia may not have anything at all to do with your memory. Instead, it’s another “m” word we need to pay close attention to.
And that’s your MOOD.
We know that people with Alzheimer’s often suffer from depression, anxiety, and related conditions. But the new study finds those problems don’t necessarily pop up only after the disease sinks in. They often appear BEFORE.
In fact, in some cases, they might show up years before any hint of dementia. And that makes depression and anxiety potentially two of the biggest early warning signs of your Alzheimer’s risk.
In the new study, more than four in 10 Alzheimer’s patients had a history of depression before dementia even turned up. And a third had a history of anxiety.
It’s not just that these conditions raised the risk for dementia. That alone would be important, of course. But the new study goes even further.
The researchers found that these conditions not only can raise the risk of the disease, but they can be linked to an earlier onset in many cases. In other words, that means quicker action when they appear becomes that much more important.
Start supporting your brain TODAY
People with a history of depression were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s an average of two years earlier than those without. While anxiety was linked to diagnosis around three years earlier.
Now, none of this means that having depression or anxiety is a guarantee you’ll suffer from Alzheimer’s, of course. It simply means you might be at a higher risk. And since these conditions could lead to an earlier onset of dementia, it also means the clock is ticking.
Don’t panic. You’re not out of time by any means. In fact, you can start to take some steps TODAY to support your brain health and potentially reduce your dementia risk.
Start with these three key steps….
- Bring blood sugar under control, especially if you have diabetes
- Lose weight since obesity is also a risk factor
- Eliminate ultra-processed foods to reduce your exposure to brain-sapping toxins and choose organic produce when possible to avoid the pesticides
Also, basic nutrients such as omega-3-rich fish oil, vitamin B12 (and other Bs), and curcumin can all help support our brains as we age. There’s even evidence that, in some cases, they could help slow the onset of cognitive decline or dementia, too.
But remember, all of these interventions work best if you start NOW before you start to see any major memory loss.
Need some natural help shedding the depression too? Check out my earlier report, “Ditch depression in 2 weeks with 2 nutrients.”
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