The way to know that someone has dementia is based on medical and family history, risk factors and some questionnaires to know cognitive status of the patient and his memory, says Dr. Milton Jimenez, Primary care Physician with West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Although there are several medications approved for treating dementia, they do not stop the progression of the disease, the doctor explains.
Poor diet is associated with poor habits and if theyâ€™re in combination, they affect the patient's health, affirms Dr. Milton Jimenez, Primary care Physician with West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Sometimes, both can cause obesity, and obesity is a cause of risks of many other health problems such as hypertension, cancer, dementia and diabetes, the doctor describes. He recommends the Mediterranean diet, because there is scientific evidence proving that it is effective and it decreases the risk of many diseases, and there is less incidence of Parkinson and dementia, he says.
Dementia is a disorder that can affect not only the patients, but also their relatives. Dr. Milton Jimenez, Primary care Physician with West Kendall Baptist Hospital, explains the first symptom of dementia is decreasing memory. “Most of the time is not noticed by the patient self, but someone in the family," he says. Age, type 2 diabetes, stroke and depression are risk factors, the specialist affirms.
Exercising has proven benefits in diseases prevention, quality of life and lower mortality risk. Dr. Milton Jimenez, Primary care Physician with West Kendall Baptist Hospital, advises talking with the physician when a patient can start an exercise program. "We have to know exactly what kind of exercises we may do," he says.
Sleeping is a very important and essential process necessary for the brain function, the body repairs cells and recharges for the next day, says Dr. Milton Jimenez, Primary care Physician with West Kendall Baptist Hospital. The lack of sleep increases the risk of mortality and influences all the life aspects, he explains.