How To Tackle Dementia

by on July 9, 2014

How To Tackle Dementia

Dementia – a category which includes Alzheimer’s disease – affects 800,000 people in the UK and 40 million worldwide. These numbers are expected to double every 20 years.

Once it starts taking hold, there is no reversing, currently, the steady progress of this horrific disease.

What can we do about it?

In June 2014, David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, unveiled the world’s biggest study of dementia, designed to push £100 million ($165 million) into Alzheimer’s research.

It is intended to create a group of 2 million UK volunteers over 50 to share their medical and lifestyle data. Combining this with genetic information researchers will gain valuable insights into all forms of dementia.

Drug Companies Gave Up Hope

Previously, drug companies were getting no results for their dementia research and so poured more money into cancer research. And this has, it is true, given very promising advances in treatment.

The new initiative will focus on people before they get dementia – rather than people already suffering from it, which was the focus of the drug companies in past research.

Ticking Time Bomb

Dementia is a ticking time-bomb which, if untreated, will cause the world’s primary healthcare systems to crash and burn in a few years’ time.

Add this to the challenges which will be caused by increasing diabetes and you wonder if there will be a health care system left in 10 or 20 years.

Natural Healthcare Approach

As with many other 21st-century diseases, low grade inflammation appears to correlate with dementia. In other words, when you have dementia, you have raised low grade inflammation levels – often measured by a high level of blood chemical called C-reactive protein (CRP).

Does it mean that one causes the other?

There is no definitive proof. But I know that if I had a high level of C-reactive protein, I would definitely try to bring it down.

What Would My Doctor Say?

Regular doctors are able to measure the rate of C-reactive protein in the blood, but they are generally relaxed about levels which would make antiaging doctors want to take action.

But, then, regular doctors are active more in the realm of applying sticking plasters, whereas antiaging doctors are more concerned with stopping you developing serious diseases.

Too Much Sugar

Another factor that seems to be correlated with dementia is the presence of high blood sugar.

This is tied up with low-grade inflammation and one may cause the other. So these two factors can very easily be intertwined.

This is just one more way in which we know that even moderate sugar intake (in all its forms) is bad for us.

More Information

See the article on my antiaging blog about low grade inflammation and C-reactive protein.

This is a factor which can easily be measured in the blood and there are some standard supplement protocols (in other words, some tablets to take) which will usually lower it.

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