How Vitamin K Could Help People With Dementia

Dementia affects millions of people around the world, including in Pinellas County. There are various forms of dementia, with Alzheimer’s being among the most common and widely recognized. These syndromes affect the memory, brain function, and behaviour of a person. Dementia is something that mainly impacts seniors and older people as their cognitive functions decline over the years, although it does not exclusively impact people of an older age. While there is ongoing research into dementia, there is no single cure. This is partly because dementia is a group of illnesses rather than just one condition. However, some studies have indicated that Vitamin K could be helpful in promoting better brain function, which may have positive effects on people suffering from dementia. The Basics of Dementia To better understand how Vitamin K could help people with dementia, it’s important to Read More +

A History Of Migraines May Result In Dementia

Researchers have discovered a definite pathway that links migraines to the development of dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s) later in life. Their underlying hypothesis here is that since severe headaches are associated with metabolic diseases, allostatic load, cerebrovascular, cardiovascular, and behavioral factors this could result in brain atrophy, changes in brain networks, lesions, and neurodegeneration. Over the course of many years, this may result in this disease. What a Denmark Study Shows Researchers in Denmark conducted a first-of-its-kind study. This was a population-based longitudinal study that looked at the national register’s data consisting of individuals who were born between 1935 – 1956 (those who turned 60-years-old prior to 2017). They then determined who’d received a hospital diagnosis of migraines since 1988, especially if they had a validated case of dementia for which they received medication after they turned 60-years-old. Overall they included Read More +

Understanding the Early Side of Dementia

Sometimes we all find ourselves wondering if we’re dealing with just a little bit of dementia. Whether it’s because we’ve forgotten a word in the middle of a sentence or what to call an everyday object, it’s enough to make you wonder why you’re this way. The good news is these aren’t symptoms of a serious disease, just a normal part of aging. Why Aging Changes Your Brain As you age you should expect your brain to change. It’ll take you longer to learn new things and remember old things. This form of mild forgetfulness is different from serious memory problems like Alzheimer’s disease. Some of the most common biological and psychological causes of this type of dementia include: Tumors Blood clots Brain infections Thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism Kidney or liver disorders Drinking too much alcohol Trauma to the Read More +

The Best Hearing Aid!

Quite the headline, isn’t it? Seems that everyone is advertising miracle breakthroughs, all new technology and amazing “never seen before” hearing aid products. The simple truth is a bit disappointing. While there are indeed advances in hearing aid technology on a fairly regular basis, the idea that there is a “miracle breakthrough” is pretty disingenuous. To be clear, that is just not the case. There are 6 major manufacturers in the world today in regards to hearing aids. Oticon, Phonak, ReSound, Signia, Starkey and Widex. These are the commonly known names of the “Big 6”. They are usually part of a larger holding company, but that is not necessarily their commonly known trade name. Of these 6 companies, they all put out some very nice products, particularly their flagship lines. They all know about each other; they all know what Read More +

Hearing Loss And Dementia

An ever increasing body of medical research points out that hearing loss is directly related to cognitive decline, including dementia. The exact reason for the connection between hearing impairment and dementia is not entirely known, but the findings thus far are fairly consistent. What has been proven is that a person who has a mild hearing impairment has two times the risk for acquiring dementia when compared with a person with normal hearing. An individual with a moderate degree of hearing loss has three times the risk. And finally, a person with a severe hearing impairment has five times more risk of getting dementia when compared with individuals with normal hearing. In addition, when a person who has dementia, also has a hearing loss, evidence is pointing to the idea that dementia tends to worsen more quickly. Here are a Read More +