Reasons for Confusion in Thought Processes
Important factors leading to Dementia.
primary cause for dementia is damage to the brain cells, especially in the frontal
part of the brain. Popularly when we hear about Dementia we discuss about a specific
disorder called Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's Dementia becomes evident a little
early, around 55 - 60 years of age but sets in much earlier. This disorder is
due to accumulation of a substance called amyloid in the brain cells - called
as amyloid plaques/deposits; in addition it damages the nerves in the brain -
called as neurofibrillary tangles. It is very difficult to prevent this from happening.
But, the more common form of dementia that occurs in the elderly age-groups of
people in a majority of cases is caused by poor blood supply to the brain - referred
to as Little Strokes. This type of dementia is termed as Multi-Infarct Dementia
or Vascular Dementia or Fronto-temporal Dementia. Just as heart attack is caused
by circulation problems of the heart, clots or Cholesterol obstruction causing
occlusion to blood flow in the blood vessels of the brain are the sources for
this disorder. We should therefore adopt similar procedures to prevent this. In
addition to this, any cause that leads to restrictions to the energy supply and
nutrition to the brain cells also will cause deterioration of the brain cells.
The variety of determinants that lead to dementia.
will now examine the antecedents for Dementia. Brain cells get all their nutritional
supplies and energy from Glucose only. Also it needs plenty of oxygen for it.
It does not have any back-up supply from any storage mechanism or alternate paths
for this. Those having diabetes suffer from an inability to use and control the
glucose levels in their blood circulatory system which includes the brain also.
Often, the use of medication to control the glucose level may lead to fluctuations
of Glucose levels. This will cause depletion of the vital fuel for the brain.
In many cases, people suffer from a low level of glucose, especially in the early
morning hours, around 3 A.M. To 5 A.M. This damages the brain cells and may lead
to fainting or loss of memory in early stages. When this low glucose becomes a
regular feature, this will lead to Dementia over a period of time. Hypertension
may also lead to improper blood flow to the brain causing Dementia.
Several factors for developing Dementia that can be prevented
prone individuals should take proper diet, insulin and other medications to ensure
a correct level of glucose in their blood stream. They may to take their allowed
Calories of food in their meals as small portions several times a day. Diabetes
is not only a disease of high blood glucose seen in blood tests but also it consists
of the bodies inability to regulate the level when glucose level goes low. All
these factors can cause tissue damage which is more pronounced in nerve cells
and nerve fibers both in the brain and also all over the body.
those suffering from high blood-pressure [hypertension] should have their regular
check-ups to take proper medicines. They must take the medicines in proper time
to keep the blood pressure under control. All blood pressure medicines may cause
several side-effects in many individuals, but that should not be a reason to stop
them without consulting their own personal physician and getting proper medical
reason for dementia could be dehydration of the body. Exposure to hot sunlight
could reduce the water content of the body. Aged people do not take much water.
At the same time their kidneys may not function properly and will have excess
urination. They may be answering the calls of nature during night as much as they
do during the day. The presence of diabetes also adds to the passing of water.
They may get dehydrated especially in early mornings. Some of the hypertension
medicines may also cause dehydration. Drinking water alone will lead to depletion
lot of people reduce their intake of food; especially elderly people do not take
adequate food. Due to this there is deficiency in supply of proteins and vitamins.
Adequate quantum of vegetables, fruits, and milk and dairy products is essential,
especially for vegetarians who get their Vitamin B-12 from milk related products
only. The deficiency of this vitamin will affect the nervous system as well as
the brain. Partaking of proper diet is therefore essential.
sleeping pills, liquor and tobacco smoking are further enemies of human health.
To overcome sleeplessness, consuming alcohol, sedatives, or pain-killers with
sedatives is not a solution, as they would affect the brain. This would lead to
dementia. Normally, some over-the-counter medicines like Melatonin, Benadryl,
and Lecithin can be used. But excess consumption of these drugs is also not advisable.
One should develop getting sleep without taking any medicines. A cup of warm milk
in the night might help in getting sleep. What is essential for everyone is a
night of sound sleep!