Tuesday, August 4, 2009
According to the results of a study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and recently published in the journal "Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders"
factors such as high cholesterol, blood pressure, smoking and diabetes which increase the risk of heart attacks, also increased the risk of dementia in later life.
High levels of cholesterol in mid-life of 240 mg/dL or higher lead to a 66% increase risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia and even borderline levels of200 mg/dl and 239 mg/dl increased the risk to 52%. The risk increase was the same regardless of ethnicity.
In another study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, it was shown that smoking increased the risk of developing dementia by 70%, high blood pressure increased it by 60% and diabetes increased it by 50%.
The above findings re-emphasize the need for adequate exercise and proper diet to reduce not just heart risk factors but dementia as well.
Abana is a herbal ayurvedic formulation from the Himalaya Herbals company that acts as a heart protective by reducing cholesterol levels and maintaining normal blood pressure and blood circulation.
Mentat is another formulation that helps keep the memory sharp, improves mental functions and helps the elderly in overcoming forgetfulness. This ayurvedic remedy has also been shown beneficial in early dementia.