Dementia Incidence Dropped by 24%!

Dementia Incidence Dropped by 24%!

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A Healthier Future

Good news for baby boomers! Baby boomers, those born between the years 1946 and 1964, make up the vast majority of America’s growing senior population. In the last decade, the rates of dementia in the elderly have dramatically declined. In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on more than 10,000 seniors over the age of 65, the incidence of dementia dropped by a whopping 24 percent between 2000 and 2012. (1,2)

Current estimates suggest that nearly 5 million seniors in America have dementia, and that number is predicted to triple by the year 2050. (2) Healthcare for cognitive decline in seniors is extremely common and often necessary, and costs tax payers billions of dollars a year. While there is no cure for dementia at this time, preventative efforts may be paying off.

Researchers believe that some of the decline rates can be attributed to the fact that aging baby boomers are more educated than the seniors of past generations. Sturdier education, they theorize, builds a cognitive reserve that allows people to better maintain their mental function as they age. Physical exercise, regular mental stimulation and social interaction all play important roles in brain health. Researchers theorize that more aggressive regulation of blood pressure and blood sugar may have also played a role in decreasing dementia risk. (2)

Strategies for Healthy Blood Pressure

  1. Eat regular and relaxed meals.
  2. Avoid process foods and sugar.
  3. Exercise regularly.
  4. Make lunch a bigger meal than dinner.
  5. Get to bed early, wake up early.
  6. De-stress with meditation or prayer.
  7. Maintain optimal levels of vitamin D3 (50-80 ng/mL)

Strategies for Healthy Blood Sugar

  1. Eat regular and relaxed meals.
  2. Avoid processed foods and sugar.
  3. Exercise regularly.
  4. Make lunch a bigger meal than dinner.
  5. Get to bed early, wake up early.
  6. De-stress with meditation or prayer.

NOTE: If you didn’t notice, the lifestyle strategies are the same for supporting both healthy blood pressure and healthy blood sugar. Learn more about blood sugar in my FREE eBook, Blood Sugar Secrets for Health & Longevity.

Also, I encourage you to learn about how turmericashwagandhabacopa and fish oils can support healthy brain cell replication.

References

  1. https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_162136.html
  2. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2587081

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Dr. John

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