Are you at risk of developing dementia?

Did you know dementia damages the cerebrum years before someone's diagnosed?

So, wouldn’t it make sense to prepare now and not after the cognitive decline?

When a tornado or hurricane is headed to your home, you don't wait until the disaster is on your doorstep before getting to safety. You take preventive measures before it's too late.

This same logic should apply to your brain and overall health. By the time we reach our fifties or sixties, our health is declining, and we most likely live with ailments and diseases which contribute to our declining health and fuel this deadly disease.

By now you're wondering, who is at risk for developing dementia?

Any person carrying the gene responsible for creating the protein called apolipoprotein E (ApoE) which can increase a person's risk of getting Alzheimer Disease.
Anyone living with diabetes because research has shown insulin deprivation may cause dementia.
Anyone not achieving 7-8 hours of sleep.
Anyone suffering from a head or brain injury, caused by a car accident or sports-related injury.
Anyone suffering from Chronic Inflammation.
Anyone suffering from Chronic Stress.
Anyone suffering from depression and anxiety.
Anyone who has a heart condition or heart disease.
Anyone who has suffered a stroke which interrupts blood flow to the brain.
Anyone who is an alcoholic or suffering from alcohol dependency. Also binge drinkers.
Anyone who is physically, mentally and socially inactive.
Anyone who smokes.

Now I have your attention, do you see the theme for who's at risk for developing dementia? Anyone.

Doctors and researchers have identified several causes and people living with diabetes, binge drinkers, smokers who deny their brains much needed blood and oxygen, people making unhealthy food choices and consistently eating processed fast food or at risk for developing dementia.

We can't exclude regular drug users. Yes, this includes drugs prescribed by the doctor, over the counter (OTC) or ONLY taking for recreational use. The things I have mentioned are linked to dementia and people making poor lifestyle choices are the most at risk.

Don’t just take my word for it, do your own research. I am not writing this, so you believe everything I say. I want you to experience doubt because doubt is good. Doubt convinces you to find out the truth and conduct your own research. Don't trust one source, research several credible sources.

Remember, the human brain is priceless and worth saving.

6 Misconceptions Associated with Dementia & Alzheimer’s

As human beings, we display ignorance when it pertains to the human brain and our bodies. If we're educated on this amazing masterpiece, we'll understand our capabilities and stop destroying ourselves. We sometimes care more for materialistic possessions instead of the one thing we cannot live without, our brains.

Name one thing you cannot be without. Without this object, person, whatever, you're devastated, and the world is momentarily frozen while you mourn the loss. Imagine you are the reason this whatever is no longer in existence. You have poisoned, harmed and damaged it beyond recognition and over time it's reduced to useless matter and it's your fault.

Back to reality, this occurs every day to our brains. For most of us, it's not too late to change our habits. The sooner we change our lifestyle, the sooner we stop the progression of dementia. If we continue to believe the antiquated information, we join the masses fighting for space in the overcrowded nursing facilities. My purpose is to point out the most common misconceptions we have regarding the human brain and our body.

  1. Dementia is an old person's disease. FALSE: This is the most common misconception. Thirty has become the new sixty. There are cases of young adults in their late twenties or early thirties diagnosed with dementia. Don't panic and get on social media and cause an uproar. Don't assume you have dementia or your absent-minded relative who forgets everything is in the early stages. It's rare getting diagnosed with dementia at such a young age, but possible.
  2. The human brain is supposed to deteriorate as we grow older. Memory loss is just another side effect of old age. FALSE: Why does it have to? When our latest smart phones and computers become slow and outdated, we want to upgrade it the newest and most improved version. We expect the manufacturers and programmers to figure out how to make it possible and make it happen. Well, our brains work similar and you have the most important job of all. You are the programmer of your brain and it's up to you to make sure your brain is the newest and most up-to-date version it can be.
  3. There's a cure, right? FALSE: I wish that was true. There is no cure to date that can stop or reverse the effects dementia has on the brain. With new advancements in science, we can slow down the mental decline. Everyone should take time to learn the long-term effects of dementia because they are permanent and irreversible.
  4. Dementia is just memory loss? FALSE: Memory loss is one of the many symptoms. The symptoms depend on the dementia because each type damages the brain and body in various ways.
  5. It's too late to change my lifestyle, bad habits or exercise my mind. FALSE: It's never too late to save your most valuable asset, your mind. New medical research shows certain damage to the brain can heal. If we decrease the damage while we are young and change unhealthy lifestyle choices, we have a chance at limiting our risk of dementia.
  6. There's medicine to prevent or cure dementia. FALSE: As I write this post there is no medicine or treatment to prevent dementia from progressing or cure it. The current medicine and treatment help to manage the symptoms.

          Your brain is worth saving, so put forth the effort to change your lifestyle. Live a little longer and die as yourself. Not as the outer shell of a person you once were before dementia stole your life.  

You’re A Failure! So what!!

You're A Failure! So What!

What’s so terrible about living on autopilot you may be thinking. Nothing, if you enjoy doing the same routine every day for the rest of your life.

Six years ago, I was living on autopilot and experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions. Majority of the time I was angry and depressed. Through my journey of anger and other emotional woes, I found joy in food. It didn’t matter if it was fried fatty foods, chocolate treats covered in ice cream, bowls of sweet juicy fruit or large salads served in what resembled small punch bowls (no dressing that’s where the calories hide I convinced myself). Before long, I only found happiness in food, and food became my addiction.

Since food became my new bestie, I gained more than 65lbs during my pregnancy. After the birth of my son, the weight stayed, and I didn’t like my new appearance. I avoided mirrors whenever I could.

In retrospect, I should have cried then, but I didn’t. Months later is when you find me a mess in my bathroom crying over my appearance, my health, and depression. I needed to cry it gave me the strength to open my eyes and mind to my new reality. I had to make necessary changes to my weight, health and overall life, so I did.

I stopped living on autopilot.

Another issue I endured while living on autopilot was memory loss. I couldn’t remember different moments of my life. I was so used to doing the same things every day, I couldn’t recall completing those tasks. Soon large chunks of my day were missing from my memory and I didn’t understand how I could forget so much. Especially when I was normally so detailed and focused.
Each of us has limited time on Earth and we don’t know when that moment expires. I don’t want to die with a bunch of regrets and wondering “what if”.

When my time is up, I want to know I followed my dreams and lived. Yes, there will be failure. Lots of it for some of us but so what. We began our life as failures. As a baby, we learn everything. We aren't born knowing how to talk, walk or take care of ourselves. We learn to accomplish those tasks through trial and error. Imagine how the world would be if most of our babies gave up every time they couldn’t accomplish something.

The same resilience and perseverance we develop as babies has to stay with us through adulthood. If not, our failures have a way of deflating our confidence and self-worth. That’s when we become dependent upon the safe choices and the safe life. The life with little chance of failure but there is also little gained from this life.

Success is not determined by your level of intelligence or how accomplished you are because everyone has failed at some point in their life. Yes, even billionaires can be failures. Anybody that say’s different is lying or too preoccupied to know they are failures.

Remember everyone makes mistakes and has moments that go wrong, maybe disastrous but convince yourself it will be better next time. Yes, there will be a next time. Prepare yourself for the moment and you will achieve success.

Everyone has a talent and a purpose, just discover what yours is. If you don’t know where to start, then start with your dreams. What are your dreams? Can those dreams be turned into goals? If so, how do you plan to accomplish your goals? Start now, today, don’t wait.

Your life has been placed on hold long enough, now go accomplish your dreams.
~Til next time!