Alzheimer’s diagnoses are set to surge. In fact, by the year 2025, the number of people with Alzheimer's is predicted to jump 40-percent. But experts say you can spot Alzheimer’s years before you’re officially diagnosed by being on the lookout for these telltale behavior changes:
First: You have a hard time biting into an apple. A study found that people who had trouble chewing hard foods like apples, because they have few or no teeth were at a much higher risk of mental decline. That’s because when chewing is tough, you chew less, which reduces blood flow to your brain.
Another dementia red flag: Your walking pace has slowed way down. Researchers used motion-sensor technology to analyze the walking patterns of people. And discovered that slow walkers had smaller brain volumes, which often happens in people with dementia.
Then, are you overweight? You could be on the Alzheimer’s fast-track. Researchers analyzed the B-M-Is of 8-thousand people spanning back 30 years, and found that those with dementia were 70-percent more likely to have been overweight or obese as young adults. So, hit the gym. That’s because exercise is a scientifically proven dementia-fighter. Experts explain that aerobic activity beefs up the part of our brain responsible for memory. It also prevents the build-up of plaque in our brains – which has been linked to Alzheimer’s.
And the final early warning sign of dementia: Depression. Researchers analyzed medical records of 13-thousand people and found that those with late-life depression had double the odds of developing Alzheimer’s. And those with mid-life and late-life depression had more than triple the risk of developing dementia. So, if you’re feeling down – lace up your sneakers, and take a half hour walk. Studies show that exercise floods your body with feel-good hormones.