Were you tall in your adulthood? If yes, you are at a lower risk of developing dementia than those who were short. This is what a recent research published in the journal eLife has revealed. According to the researchers, “There is a 10 per cent reduction in the risk of developing dementia for around every 6cm of height in individuals above the average height.”
“Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities”, says the World Health Organisation. This international organisation also states that dementia affects around 10 million new people every year. And, it is one of the major causes of disability globally.
Some of the possible symptoms of dementia include memory loss, disorientation, personality change, mood change, problem communicating, absence of interest in initiating something, etc. There are basically 4 stages of dementia namely mild cognitive impairment, mild dementia, moderate dementia, and severe dementia.
There can be an array of reasons behind the onset of this degenerative disease. It can occur due to the death of brain cells, a head injury, brain tumour, stroke, etc. It can also be caused because of Prion disease, HIV infection, or reversible factors including vitamin deficiencies, thyroid abnormalities, depression, etc.
To diagnose the condition, doctors prefer performing a cognitive dementia test in which the patient is asked a set of 10 questions. Sadly, there is no cure for dementia. But, it can be managed with the help of certain drugs and care therapy. To avoid the occurrence of this debilitating condition, you must stay away from the risk factors associated with the onset of dementia. Some of them include smoking, diabetes, drinking alcohol, high blood sugar level, atherosclerosis, etc. High cholesterol level, mild cognitive impairment, homocysteine, and Down Syndrome can also increase your likelihood of suffering from dementia.