This single moment can DOUBLE your dementia risk
Some “experts” still think that much of your dementia risk comes down to plain old dumb luck.
Sure, there’s nutrition and lifestyle. Chronic conditions – especially diabetes – can also raise your risk. And there’s a genetic component, of course.
But when it comes down to it, they’ll also tell you that they have NO IDEA why so many seemingly HEALTHY people eventually develop dementia anyway.
And they have no idea why so many seemingly UNHEALTHY people manage to avoid it.
Now, the latest research reveals what may be one of the great equalizers when it comes to dementia risk.
It’s another condition that often seems to strike out of the blue: stroke.
A stroke can hit even healthy people -- and afterward, life might never be the same again.
Many survivors struggle with permanent disability.
But even then, it might not be done with you. Overall, having a stroke will increase your risk of eventually developing dementia by 70 percent.
The biggest risk is right after: In the months that follow a stroke, your odds of developing dementia more than DOUBLE, according to an analysis of more than 3 million people who took part in a combined 48 studies.
While the study is the first to find such a direct link, it makes perfect sense. A stroke blocks the flow of blood to brain, depriving essential cells of oxygen and nutrients, and causing some to die.
Some of that damage can be permanent, which explains both the disability risk and the dementia risk, especially if your brain still struggles to get the blood it needs after your recovery.
If you haven’t had a stroke, that makes it more crucial than ever to prevent one. The best way to do that is with a Mediterranean diet, which is proven to cut the risk in half.
If you’ve had a stroke, you might be just about ready to panic right now.
You might be at risk… but if you’re reading this, you still have time to turn that risk around and avoid BOTH dementia and a second stroke.
That Mediterranean diet I just mentioned will not only dramatically cut your risk of a first stroke, but it’s also the single best way to prevent a second one.
And not coincidentally, it’s also proven to cut your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, no doubt because it’s rich in brain-friendly minerals, essential vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and acupuncture can also help with stroke recovery.