Little sleep and sedentary lifestyle increase the likelihood of Alzheimer's

In Mexico, more than 350 thousand patients are diagnosed with Alzheimer's, it affects equally men and women, mainly those over 65 years of age

The young population is more exposed to risk situations to develop sporadic Alzheimer's in the future, due to sedentary lifestyle, social isolation, poor diet and little sleep, said specialist Leo Bayliss Amaya.

The specialist in cognitive aging and dementia of the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery "Manuel Velasco Suárez", indicated that to improve brain health a series of joint activities should be carried out.

Velasco explained that these activities should include the practice of cardiovascular or muscular exercises, as well as the learning of work, educational or recreational skills; especially, when you reach the third age.

In a statement, he emphasized that healthy habits are essential for optimal brain functioning, as well as sleeping an average of eight hours per day.

He said that currently, the young population plays down the importance of sleeping well by interacting on social networks and exploring on the Internet.

Bayliss Amaya warned that contrary to what is disseminated in social networks, games of mental agility in the computer or electronic devices do not help with cognitive stimulation.

He reported that, from 65 years of age, the risk of developing Alzheimer's doubles every five years; that is, between 25 and 50 percent of people who turn 85 will show signs of the disease.

He clarified that not all memory problems, disorientation or language, are related to this pathology, so it is important that the presence of other diseases be ruled out, as some as pneumonia, can cause confusion among the elderly.

He noted that a similar situation occurs with infections in the urinary tract, otitis media, difficulty in evacuating or depression, which can cause language or cognitive problems.

In Mexico, more than 350 thousand patients are diagnosed and equally affect men and women, mainly over 65 years of age, with a prevalence of ten percent, and 47 percent in people of 85 years of age.

The specialist said that it is necessary to educate, mainly the new generations, that not all the elderly will have Alzheimer's, but that as they get older changes in memory will occur, but these will not progress as such disease.

In Alzheimer's, the first signs observed are loss of memory, language skills, disturbances of thought, poor judgment, disorientation, changes in mood, behavior and personality.

Source: Reporte
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