Memory Loss or Dementia: Definition
Describes a set of symptoms, including impairment in memory, reasoning, judgment, language, and other thinking skills. When these symptoms are severe enough they may interfere with normal daily activities.
A thorough evaluation is needed to identify the underlying cause. Some of them can be correctable
- High blood pressure
- Alcohol abuse
- Drug abuse
- Depression and Anxiety
- Traumatic brain injury
- B12 deficiency
- Toxic exposures
Correct the underlying causes or treat diseases that promote dementia aggressively
Our lifestyle is very important. Our nutrition, exercise, social engagement, stress management all play a role in worsening our memory therefore addressing them is always important. Avoidance of toxic substances is also important.
Nutrition : Medi-Dash diet or Mediterranean Anti-inflammatory whole foods plant-based diet. Limit sweets, saturated fats and processed foods. This diet also helps with promoting detoxification.
Exercise : There is data that suggests that exercise is a key factor. People who exercise or are physically active learn better and have reduced memory decline associated with ageing.
Sleep Hygiene : Reduced sleep promotes memory loss. Therefore it is imperative that you have good sleep habits that get you 7-8 hours of restorative sleep.
Stress : Chronic stress shrinks our brain memory centers. It is also inflammatory which worsens the problem.
Supplements: Correct deficiencies, Multivitamin, Fish Oil, Vitamin D3 are some options.
Medications : Very few options but these can be discussed.