While wearing my digitial marketing hat today, I ran across this article about creating web based content geared to the growing population of people suffering from Dementia.
There are some staggering statistics in this article. “At the end of 2015, there were an estimated 46.8 million people worldwide living with dementia. The number of people living with dementia will almost double every 20 years, reaching 74.7 million in 2030, and 131.5 million in 2050. There are 3.3 billion internet users worldwide, and as the number of people with dementia continues to rise, so too will the proportion of internet users living with the condition.”
The me wearing my “wellness hat” was quite disturbed by this. My first reaction was that I need to help these people. These numbers are off the charts and way too high. Aging should be beautiful and graceful, and yet too many people are suffering from this debilitating disease that comes in many forms.
Dementia is a term that has a broad spectrum attached to it. A person may have dementia and it could be linked to something as simple as a Vitamin B 12 Deficiency. In a Harvard Health Publication they discuss:
“ More than 50 conditions can cause or mimic the symptoms of dementia.
A small percentage of dementias are reversible. Symptoms subside when the underlying problem is treated.
Two common examples are dementia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).”
Some of the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency in regard to both mental and neurological changes are as follows: http://www.maggieholbik.com/vitaminb12.html
. personality changes
. depression (including postpartum depression)
. memory loss
. dementia, intellectual deterioration
. violent behavior
. in children, developmental delay and/or autistic behavior
Neurological Signs & Symptoms
. abnormal sensations (pain, tingling and/or numbness of legs, arms, trunk, or other area)
. diminished sense of touch, pain, and/or temperature
. loss of position sense (awareness of body position)
. weakness (legs, arms, trunk or other area)
. clumsiness (stiff or awkward movements)
. symptoms mimicking Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis
. spasticity of muscles
. incontinence (urine and/or stool)
. vision changes (decreased vision or loss of vision)
. damage to optic nerve (optic, neuritis, inflammation, or atrophy of the optic nerve)
Another big player in the prevention and treatment of Dementia are Omega 3 EFA’s.
From an article at Medscape:
Schaefer concluded that 3 or more fish servings per week or at least 1 fish oil capsule per day (greater than 180 mg DHA/day) to raise DHA levels and supplementing or consuming adequate amounts of vitamins B6, B12, and folate (to decrease homocystine levels) could decrease the incidence of dementia.
For information on both Vitamin B12 and Omega 3 EFA’s visit www.MaggiesVitamins.com
MaggieHolbik.com is a Life & Business Coach and believes whole heartedly in wellness of body, mind and spirit.