Can sport increase our risk for dementia? We all know that physical activity and in particular exercise is good for us and our brain. Large scale population-level (epidemiological) studies have shown time and again how higher levels of physical activity and exercise can reduce our future risk for dementia by up to a whopping 40%! … Continue reading Can sport increase our risk for dementia?
What is brain shrinkage/’atrophy’ in dementia When receiving a diagnosis of dementia, many people hear for the first time the term brain ‘atrophy’. The term is usually given by the clinician providing the diagnosis when discussing their brain scan. For example, “you have mild atrophy in your brain, suggesting that you might have the early … Continue reading What is brain shrinkage/’atrophy’ in dementia?
Most of us will have heard that lifestyle choices, such as physical activity, diet and sleep, can affect our risk for dementia. Indeed, scientific evidence is quite strong that making the right lifestyle choices can reduce our future risk for dementia by up to 40%. But how do these lifestyle choices actually reduce our risk … Continue reading How do our lifestyle choices reduce our risk of dementia?
Oral Health in dementia Oral health is often somewhat overlooked when talking about dementia. Obviously, dental health is important but what is the relevance for dementia? There is increasing scientific evidence showing that oral health can not only have an effect on general brain health but more importantly dementia progression and even mortality. Based on … Continue reading How important is oral health in dementia?
Brain vascular changes, such as small vessel disease, are quite common during ageing and they have been shown to increase our risk for dementia, in particular Vascular Dementia. But do such brain vascular changes always lead to dementia? The short answer is no, the changes increase our risk for dementia considerable but they do not … Continue reading Do brain vascular changes always lead to dementia?