Dementia is not a disease in itself, but a general term to describe symptoms of impairment in memory, communication and thinking. While the likelihood of developing dementia increases with age, it is not a normal part of aging.
To date, there is no certain way to prevent dementia, however it may be possible to prevent or delay the onset of symptoms through healthy dietary and lifestyle habits. Increasing age is the biggest predictor for dementia but there are many risk factors that can be changed, that significantly reduce the chance of its development.
I closely follow the emerging scientific research on dementia prevention. Diets are currently being developed that prevent or slow brain decline. Heart disease and diabetes, both disease of inflammation, are linked to the development of dementia. High blood sugar levels and inflammation may cause damage to brain cells. There are dietary strategies that reduce inflammation, improve blood sugar control and reduce cholesterol levels. Healthy sleep appears to play an important role in maintaining brain health. I draw upon this new research and apply it to create targeted dietary and lifestyle plans that may contribute to preventing the onset of this devastating condition.