WHO guidelines: dementia can be prevented

New recommendations of the world health organization (WHO) should help to reduce the risk for mental decline and dementia. A lot of movement, normal weight and a healthy, balanced diet are just some of the measures that pay for themselves in old age.

The WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia expected to triple. We must do everything to lower the risk. Scientific findings confirm that all of those things that our heart is good for our brain."

Include the WHO-recommended actions:

  • Physical exercise is recommended for Healthy as well as for people with dementia: a Minimum of 150 minutes of moderate activity per week or 75 minutes of exercise at a high intensity and in addition strength training. With reduced mobility are advised on three or more days per week to Exercises, the schools, the Balance, to avoid falls.
  • People who smoke should cut down. You can help.
  • A balanced, Mediterranean diet lowers the risk for the onset and progression of dementia. It consists of lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains, but low in fat, sugar and salt.
  • Supplements such as Vitamin B, E, polyunsaturated fatty acids, or Multi-vitamin products are not recommended for the prevention of dementia.
  • Do you Overweight.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Social contacts, contribute to good health and should be your whole life cared for. If you have problems with Hearing, this can be remedied by a hearing aid.
  • Let your blood sugar, fat metabolism and blood pressure checked regularly and if necessary treat.

Dementia is associated with a worse than average deterioration in intellectual function and is a major cause of disability and dependency of elderly people. It affects memory, Thinking, orientation, Comprehension, Arithmetic, learning ability, language and judgment. Each year, there are nearly 10 million new cases.