Dementia has many forms, and none of them should be neglected if you manifest any specific symptoms. There are four main types: Frontotemporal, Vascular, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, and Alzheimer’s. The last one is the most common form, and it’s probably the worst as well.
Reducing the risk of developing dementia later in life is entirely possible, and even through simple methods. You can consider avoiding smoking and alcohol, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and more. But according to a new study of the University of Cambridge that NeuroScienceNews.com is telling the world about, you might consider adding the lithium drug to the list.
Lithium could prevent the development of dementia
Lithium is usually associated with treating bipolar disorder. But according to the new study in question, which involved the assessment of almost 30,000 patients from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, lithium could help in lowering the chances of developing dementia.
Dr. Shanquan Chen from the Department of Psychiatry of Cambridge, declared as NeuroScienceNews.com quotes:
The number of people with dementia continues to grow, which puts huge pressure on healthcare systems,
It’s been estimated that delaying the onset of dementia by just five years could reduce its prevalence and economic impact by as much as 40 percent.
Vascular dementia, on the other hand, refers to problems regarding judgment, reasoning, planning, memory, as well as other thought processes.
The Mayo Clinic also has other important stuff to say about vascular dementia:
Vascular dementia symptoms vary, depending on the part of your brain where blood flow is impaired. Symptoms often overlap with those of other types of dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease dementia. But unlike Alzheimer’s disease, the most significant symptoms of vascular dementia tend to involve speed of thinking and problem-solving rather than memory loss.
The new findings were reported in PLOS Medicine.