Why oh why are there so many articles about how to prevent dementia by changing your lifestyle? This Guardian article makes me go……. Grrrrrrrrrr!
Before commenting, read the article please.
What I would like to say is that change your lifestyle to drink less, stop smoking, be more active, keep your brain active and it will make you feel better, make your health better but it WILL NOT STOP YOU GETTING DEMENTIA.
The research/study they must be using to suggest lifestyle can prevent dementia can be applied to any of the following:
Heart disease, Lung disease, obesity, high blood pressure, Diabetes, help with arthritis..and any other condition that being active can help with.
Articles like this make me so angry. Why? Because it gives false hope and mis-information. At present there is no cure for Dementia. Research has yet to find out what causes dementia, they are beginning to understand what is going on a bit better, but not why this happens. If they did all of us living with dementia would be on some sort of medication to reverse it, or totally halt it, and we are not.
These articles are really about unhealthy lifestyles and what can happen in the long term. So why not write that? Some dementias can be directly through lifestyle such as Korsakoff Syndrome caused by alcohol misuse or nutrient deficiency. Some dementias can develop through the result of traumatic brain injury.
Here are some REAL sites to find information about dementia from professional bodies and people leading the support, help and information sharing for dementia.
So, I wish these newspapers stopped writing this rubbish just to fill space because it is not helping.