This could be your earliest possible dementia warning

It happens to the best of us.

You’re driving home, lost in thought, when you miss your turn.

Next thing you know, you’re in a strange part of town frantically trying to dig the GPS out of the glove box to find your way home.

We all get lost now and again, but if you find it’s happening too often…if you have a hard time getting from point “A” to point “B” without an unplanned detour along the way…maybe you’re not just lost in thought.

It could be your first warning sign of a much more serious problem.

New research reveals that trouble with your “mental map” – the ability to find your way around based on what you already know – could be one of the earliest possible signals of Alzheimer’s risk.

In the study, volunteers spent two hours learning a virtual maze that featured hallways with four different types of wallpaper and 20 noticeable landmarks.

They were tested on the ability to follow a pre-set route out of the maze, as well as how long it took to find their way out without a route in mind.

Cognitively healthy folks with no warning signs of Alzheimer’s figured it out easily enough, while folks in the early stages of the disease struggled.

More importantly, another set of patients also struggled: folks who seemed perfectly healthy with zero signs of cognitive troubles, but who had the markers of the disease in their spinal fluid.

They were able to figure it out eventually so they could get out of the maze just like the healthy people…but it took them much longer.

If you’ve been struggling to read your own “mental map,” don’t panic – it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re at risk. If you’ve always struggled with maps and directions, that just might be how you’re wired.

But if the problems appear out of the blue, you could be at risk… and believe it or not, that’s GOOD news.

Yes, you read that right.

It’s good news because natural therapies can help slow the progression or even stop it cold – and if you take action early enough, you just might be able to avoid getting the disease in the first place.

One of the biggest markers of the progression of dementia is “brain shrink.” The faster it shrinks, the higher your risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s.

But studies have found that combining a blend of B vitamins with the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can slow that shrink by as much as 40 percent.

In some cases, dementia may even be triggered by an undiagnosed viral infection, and treating the virus can actually reverse the progression of the disease – IF you catch it early.

Learn more in this free report from my House Calls archives.