Memory loss is a serious condition that has taken its toll on many Americans over the last few years. According to scientists, there are vast differences between normal memory lapses such as forgetting where you left your smartphone compared with putting your food in the closet.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) underlined that memory loss problems that need medical attention include frequent memory lapses such as repeatedly forgetting where you parked your car, maintaining personal hygiene, and disrupting daily activities.
Worse, asking the same question many times during a conversation, frequently repeating the things you previously said, forgetting the names of family members and friends, or whole conversations are serious signs 0f memory-related issues.
Based on recent research, memory loss issues might be caused by low levels of vitamins B12 and B1, lack of quality sleep, thyroid problems, syphilis and herpes, tuberculosis, HIV, head injury, depression, stress, excessive drinking, and even medications.
In other words, having memory loss might not always be related to your brain, but this vital organ might severely suffer the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle.
To improve life quality and prevent memory loss problems, experts recommend people a wide variety of activities such as playing games, gardening, learning a new skill, writing, reading, engaging in social activity, having a healthy diet, avoid drinking too much alcohol, not smoking, and keeping blood pressure along with cholesterol levels low.
All these activities encourage the brain to stay active. An active brain is a healthy brain. A recent study has shown that people who work and study are less likely to develop dementia when they are older compared with couch-potato people.
The most severe form of memory loss is dementia, a disease which attacks the brain and leads to memory problems and other symptoms related to the process of thinking. Alzheimer’s disease is the primary cause of dementia in the United States, according to scientists.
Around 5 million Americans suffer from a form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease included. Worse, experts have calculated that this number is going to be third time higher by 2050 if an effective treatment or cure is not discovered until them.
Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease cannot be treated and cured. Scientists haven’t found the key to tackling this malady yet. But memory loss and every brain disease can be prevented by improving life quality and having a healthy lifestyle.