Brain Disorders: Early Signs of
Neurodegeneration to Watch Out For
Getting old is a natural part of life but some of the symptoms that come with aging are pretty devastating. Losing control of your bladder and bowels, not being able to live alone anymore, and the chronic aches and pains your body experiences are all symptoms of aging that can be devastating to anyone at any age. But of all the ailments that come with growing older, can you guess which one people fear the most?
Neurodegeneration is the deterioration of your brain and nerves over time. It can impact your balance, speech, breathing, and the overall functioning of your heart. A lot of the diseases associated with neurodegeneration are genetic but some are also caused by medical conditions like a stroke or tumor. Other causes can come from bad lifestyle choices over time like alcoholism and drug use.
Most of the degenerative disease can be quite serious and even life-threatening. Unfortunately, there is no cure for them but there are certain treatments and lifestyle changes that can slow the progression of the diseases. Some of the most common neurodegeneration diseases include:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Huntington’s Disease
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
For a person who has received a diagnosis of neurodegeneration, it can be devastating and even make you want to give up on a lot of things. Family members of loved ones with that diagnosis can have an even harder time accepting the news. But prevention is key.
While you may not be able to ward off neurodegeneration completely, you can slow down the progression with various treatments. Doctors will typically perform neurological tests to check your vision, balance, and hearing. They’ll also obtain images of your brain through CT scans, MRI, and PET scans.
The thing to understand about receiving a neurodegeneration diagnosis is that you have to pay attention to the signs and symptoms your body displays. The Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences tells us that neurodegeneration begins as early as 20 years before the first symptoms of the disease.
So even though you may not physically be displaying any of the symptoms associated with any of the diseases, your brain could still be deteriorating and you don’t realize it. Before you start to notice symptoms of neurodegeneration, you want to make extra efforts to take better care of your body as you age.
Things like walking more and eating a well-balanced diet are both great lifestyle changes every senior citizen should make. And in addition to that, you may also want to talk to your doctor about raising your NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) levels to help slow or reverse certain aging processes.
The thing to keep in mind about your preventive measures is that you still need to keep a close eye on the signs and symptoms you’re experiencing within your body. Doing so will allow you to let others know what’s going on so that they can assist you. And it will allow you to be more aware of how you need to operate your daily life with your symptoms in mind so that you can properly adjust.
Take a look at some of the early signs of neurodegeneration...
Early Warning Signs of Neurodegeneration Diseases
Everyone forgets things all the time. There have probably been several times when you’ve forgotten where you placed your keys or forgotten where you parked but it wasn’t a reason to worry about whether or not you’re suffering from memory loss.
Normal, age-related memory loss shouldn’t prevent you from having a full quality of life… Once your memory starts to slip and it impacts your daily life, and even causes others to worry about you, it’s then time to see a neurologist for the possibility of brain deterioration associated with neurodegeneration.
Agitation is a behavior that is typically linked with neurodegenerative diseases. Sometimes the frustrations that come with memory loss and the acceptance of it can cause agitation in older adults. This behavior oftentimes becomes persistent in individuals with these diseases.
The mood changes that most people experience on a normal basis is different from those with neurodegenerative diseases. These mood changes can occur due to confusion as well as agitation. The key to knowing the difference is the frequency of mood swings. A person whose brain is declining can have a mood swing off of something they saw on TV and they confused it with their own life. Anything can trigger a mood swing with neurodegeneration.
Loss of Inhibition
Loss of inhibition is a major sign of neurodegeneration. If there is a person who always cared about how they looked when going out in public but since they started having brain and nerve issues, they now go out with mismatched clothes on, it’s an automatic sign that something isn’t right mentally. This is a sign that should not be ignored.
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