Dialysis Increasing Risk of Dementia in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease




Many Chronic Kidney Disease patients note that they feel mentally foggier and forgetful after beginning Dialysis Treatments. Research is now finding that Dialysis may be directly linked to an increased risk of Dementia (a group of thinking and social symptoms that interferes with daily functioning). A key reason for the unfortunate finding may be low blood pressure, suggested researchers. Read more about the findings and possible tips to help combat or even prevent the risk of acquiring Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

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The findings offered in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), were especially grave for older Dialysis patients. However, the links between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease as it relates to Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients of all ages have long been explored and highlighted. Here's the good news: The following insights may help to limit your risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease:

Make time for meditation - Quieting your mind may be more important than most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients may think in Alzheimer’s prevention. A study showed that people who performed meditation had less brain atrophy (gradually decline in effectiveness) than those who did not. Meditation can increase protective tissue in the brain, can help patients feel less stressed and reduce the hormone Cortisol, which has been known to increase the risk of developing Dementia.

Eat more fish - Fish is high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids which can control blood clotting, build cell membranes in the brain, protect against heart disease, protect against brain atrophy and slow Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Laugh more - Researchers have found that playing, laughing, and being active helps to engage the brain, grow new brain cells, and ultimately help to prevent Alzheimer’s.

Regular exercise - Regular exercise may preserve the area of the brain which is first attacked by Alzheimer’s. Good possible exercise choices include: Walking Briskly, Dancing, Swimming, Sweeping, Cycling and even Gardening.

Reduce stress - Many studies have linked anxiety with the development of Alzheimer’s, especially in people who are already at risk for the disease such as Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients. A recent study showed that people who had a mild cognitive impairment and reported high levels of anxiety were 135% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.

Limit sugar intake - Diabetes has been closely linked to Alzheimer’s and many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients also suffer from Diabetes. Hence, manage sugar intake and blood sugar levels to keep your brain healthy.

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What's more, by identifying signs of Dementia and Alzheimer’s early, Chronic  Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients can slow the progression of the disease. Learning and recognizing symptoms as they first appear means that more treatment options are available. "Early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s can include losing track of dates, vision problems and trouble completing familiar tasks," according to Alzheimers.net.

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