Taking vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements does not seem to cut the risk of developing dementia, say Dutch researchers published in the Journal of Neurology. (Neurology, news release, Nov. 12, 2014)
This conflicts with a previous study (Journal Neurology 2010) that suggested that there was sufficient evidence that high doses of Vitamin B would delay the onset of dementia.
Also published by the British Journal of Psychiatry this month, is a suggestion that people who are shorter, have an increased risk of dying with dementia.
The figures make sober reading – only 44% of people with dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive a diagnosis. By next year, there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK (Alzheimer’s Society). It is also suggested by NHS leadership that one in three people over 65 will develop dementia before they die.
The National Dementia Diagnosis Scheme, which started last month and will go on until April, encourages GPs to get involved in the assessments for dementia amongst their patients. GPs will be paid £55 per diagnosis, however this has caused controversy over both ethics and the financial reward.
We are constantly being told that a balanced diet is good to adopt and Dr Eric Karran Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK reaffirms this by saying: “Evidence suggests that we can maintain a healthy brain for longer by keeping a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, not smoking, staying active, drinking in moderation and keeping blood pressure and cholesterol in check.”
So what can we as mere mortals do for ourselves? We are constantly being bombarded with information about looking after ourselves. The “NHS 5 Year Forward View” strongly believes that patients have to gain greater control of their own health. They say that they will try and draw services, communities and businesses together to provide better support by meeting the challenges in improving the nation’s health.
By choosing to make the right lifestyle choices and keeping to a good work/life balance, one can only hope that this is sufficient to improve our brain health and to help reduce our risk of dementia.
ToHealth‘s health screens provide an all-important insight into your current health status and it also includes health advice on dementia for individuals aged over 65. Prevention after all is better than cure.
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For a consultation or book a health screen to better understand your state of health, why not contact ToHealth on 0207531 5444. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org