Illnesses

Nutrition and Dementia

Dementia has to do with impairment of cognition that may result in interference with normal day to day activities. Patients may experience deficits in memory, reasoning, learning capacity, attention and language. Also affected may be personality, mood and behaviour. Causes of dementia may include B12 or folate deficiency, hypothyroidism, alcoholism, use of illicit or prescription drugs.

B12 is widely recognized as a cause of dementia and cognitive decline. B12 therapy can help with dementia unless it has declined to the point where there is irreversible brain damage. Vitamin B6 and Folic Acid have also shown to reduce the rate of dementia degeneration and even reverse the process. Also of use are Niacin, Magnesium, Iron which can help slow the rate of cognitive decline. Some of these vitamins have been shown to help improve memory which is one of the factors that deteriorates with dementia. Whether a particular vitamin is useful in treating a particular patient with dementia obviously depends on the balance of those vitamins and nutrients in their body. Therefore it is really a requirement that the patient see a doctor or nutritionist to assess the levels or measure them if necessary and accordingly prescribe a supplement. www.privategp.com is one private  surgery which may be able to help as this kind of treatment is not available on the NHS. A doctor is more likely to be able to assess with their knowledgeof the subject which vitamin su