The FIRST warning sign of dementia risk... revealed!
It could be the EARLIEST possible warning sign of dementia -- and you don't need a blood sample, a brain scan, or an expensive consultation to identify it.
All you need to do is speak for ONE MINUTE!
Amazing, isn't it?
The ability to spot who is most likely to develop the condition and who isn't would be the "Holy Grail" of dementia research, since finding those early warning signs would give us the best shot at slowing the disease down or even preventing it.
But so far, researchers have come up empty every time -- in part because it's a much bigger challenge than it seems.
Many older folks have what might LOOK like the warning signs of cognitive decline. More than 1 in 3 seniors -- 16 million Americans -- have some form of mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
Yet most of them WON'T develop dementia.
Now, the new, one-minute talk test promises to finally sort the folks who have normal run-of-the-mill MCI (with nothing to worry about beyond the frustrating "brain burps") from those who really are at risk and need to take action.
And you might even be able to spot these warning signs yourself.
This test looks at speech patterns, and researchers say that how they change over time indicates how quickly you could slip into MCI and how likely you are to end up battling something worse.
Two of the biggest risk factors are in your sentences. If you take longer to spit them out and use shorter sentences overall, then you're facing a higher risk. Same goes for folks who end up peppering their speech with a lot of "ums" and "uhs" as they struggle to find the right words.
The research team believes this test can be automated so that all a doctor will have to do is record you speaking for a minute to get an instant answer.
But you don't have to wait for that test.
You KNOW when you're struggling with your speech, as do the folks around you. And if you find you need more time, have more pauses, and frequently can't find the word you're looking for, then you could have some cause for concern.
But don't panic.
Take action instead!
You can cut your risk and even improve your speech and memory with brain-boosting nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins. This simple approach is often so effective that it can help even if you're already in the early stages of cognitive problems.
In some cases, however, the problem isn't in your brain, body, or diet.
It's in your meds -- with drugs such as statins and blood pressure pills often triggering cognitive struggles including memory loss.
Work with a doc on finding a way safely off those drugs.
I'll have another reason to ditch the BP meds (if you can), coming up later today. Keep an eye on your email!