As well as slowing down our skin ageing (external ageing), we can also take steps to slow down cognitive ageing (brain ageing).
Cognitive decline can eventually lead to Dementia, which is a huge issue facing us and the country!
There are around 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, and the disease costs the economy £23 billion a year. By 2040, the number of people affected is expected to double – and the costs are likely to treble.
Sadly at the moment, the diagnosis rate in England is only 44%.
Some interesting facts:
- There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK.
- There are over 17,000 younger people with dementia in the UK.
- There are over 25,000 people with dementia from black and minority ethnic groups in the UK.
- There will be over a million people with dementia by 2021.
- Two thirds of people with dementia are women.
- The proportion of people with dementia doubles for every 5 year age group.
- One third of people over 95 have dementia.
- 60,000 deaths a year are directly attributable to dementia.
- Delaying the onset of dementia by 5 years would reduce deaths directly attributable to dementia by 30,000 a year.
- The financial cost of dementia to the UK will be over £23 billion in 2012.
- There are 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK
- Family carers of people with dementia save the UK over £8 billion a year.
- 80% of people living in care homes have a form of dementia or severe memory problems.
- Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community while one third live in a care home.
- Only 44% of people with dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive a diagnosis
Let’s prevent us developing Dementia!
As part of the Brain Fitness programme, Dr. Anil will screen for the signs and symptoms of Dementia. The package consists of:
- an evidence-based Dementia screening test
- specific blood tests
- genetic DNA swab test: the EMOTION Profile
Any blood deficiencies will then be corrected and a bespoke medical nutritional plan will be created for you, consisting of supplements that may slow down the rate of brain decline.
Risk reduction – top tips:
If you are over 40 (or have a history of dementia/cardiovascular problems in your family) you should get your cholesterol levels checked regularly. Managing your cholesterol by eating a balanced diet that avoids saturated fats will also help. Dr. Anil will measure a range of blood tests including cholesterol.
If you are over 40 (or have a history of dementia/cardiovascular problems in your family) you should get regular blood pressure checks to ensure it is at recommended levels. Dr.Anil will conduct physical and mental tests which will include blood pressure checks.
Avoid obesity and weight gain by eating healthily and taking exercise – not only will this help reduce your risk of dementia but also your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Check if you are a healthy weight for your height.
Change your lifestyle to incorporate regular exercise in the long term – try and be physically active for at least 30 minutes, five times a week. Dr. Anil will refer you to one of London’s elite personal trainers trained in a “Bio-signature programme”,which will totally transform your body.
Try and stop smoking – this will be of huge benefit to your health in a number of ways as well as reducing your risk of dementia.
Adopt a balanced diet for life. It’s fine to treat yourself to the occasional slice of cake but try and eat healthily and moderate your fat intake most of the time. A Mediterranean style diet may help reduce risk and is relatively easy to follow. Dr. Anil will prescribe “dementia-reducing” supplements as part of your new diet.
Overall, try and lead an active lifestyle that combines physical, social and mental activity. Not only will it help to reduce your risk of dementia, you’ll hopefully enjoy life more as a result!
Book an appointment with Dr. Anil for a Brain Fitness programme consultation.