Dementia is the progressive decline in cognitive function due to damage or disease in the brain beyond what might be expected from normal ageing. Although dementia is far more common in the geriatric population, it may occur in any stage of adulthood. It is characterised by a set of symptoms in which affected areas of cognition may be memory, attention, language, and problem-solving.
Alzheimer’s is a chronic degenerative brain disease that is characterised by the formation of amyloid plaques and neuronal tangles in the brain. These occur when protein produced in the brain don’t fold up into the correct shape.
The disease attacks nerve cells in all parts of the cortex of the brain, as well as some surrounding structures. These are the parts of the brain that allow us to govern our emotions, recognize errors and patterns, coordinate movement, and remember.
At present, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but much can be done in terms of prevention and also in helping to slow the progression of the condition
If you would like further help, you can visit our clinic which specialises in optimum nutrition for mental health recovery. We have helped many people reduce their risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s, by working with them to create personalised nutritional programmes based upon their health history, symptoms and test results. Good nutrition plays a big role in these conditions and can bring benefits in the early stages but is less effective in advanced cases of Alzheimer’s.
While no special diet is required for people with Alzheimer’s disease unless they have another condition, such as diabetes or hypertension or high cholesterol, that requires diet monitoring—eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet is extremely beneficial. With the proper diet, your body will work more efficiently, you’ll have more energy, and your medications will work properly.