Scientists around the world are working to better understand why memory loss happens and what can be done to slow or stop it. There are several drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
The big question: Why does your memory fail you? Even the super smart claim a lousy memory!
How about you? Have you ever blamed your memory? Ever curse it? Thatís about to end.
Although there is no cure yet, you can take action to reduce your risk of memory loss and improve your ability for remembering. Here are some suggestions:
Consult your doctor about the presence of other health conditions. Memory loss may be caused by certain conditions, such as hypertension, heart disease, stress, and diabetes. Plus, the loss of the natural hormone estrogen during menopause may trigger memory loss for women. Depression may also be a source. If these conditions exist, then effectively treating them may also boost your memory.
Stop smoking and using illegal drugs and cut your alcohol consumption. Smokers and substance abusers are increasing their risk of mild cognitive impairment. Plus, any over-the-counter anti-aging supplements should be used only with your doctor's approval.
Reduce your risk of stroke. Strokes are a known cause of memory loss or impairment. You can reduce your risk of stroke by maintaining a healthy weight and a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Another suggestion is to eat more fruits and vegetables that help keep your brain healthy. Examples include green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach and berries such as blueberries and strawberries.
Protect yourself from brain injury. Head injuries are another primary cause of memory impairment. Keep your brain safe by taking precautions, like wearing a seatbelt in the car and a helmet when riding a bike.
Discuss making positive changes in your lifestyle habits with your physician. Researchers attribute several psychological and social factors to the risk of memory impairment. By adopting healthy lifestyle habits, you may enhance your memory capacity. Here are some behaviors that may protect against memory decline:
Learn new things. The brain is like a muscle. Your brain remains strong and flexible when you exercise it.
Stay physically active. Researchers have long maintained the strong link between a healthy body and a strong mind.
Reduce your stress load. Take time to relax, learn stress reduction methods, and get a restful night's sleep whenever possible.
Take the recommended amount of a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement.
Use hearing aids or reading glass if needed. When you reduce interaction with your environment, you also cut out needed stimuli for brain activity.