Researchers have revealed some of the lesser-known early indicators of dementia.
The most common cause of degenerative brain disease is Alzheimer’s disease, which slowly destroys memory and thinking skills.
However, food, diet and food cravings have now been revealed as lesser-known implications of the condition.
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Taste buds can also shrink as the disease sets in according to the Alzheimer’s Association, as reported by the Daily Express.
As the brain produces insulin, researchers believe insulin levels in the brain can drop and this could lead to food cravings.
It could also lead to weight gain and unhealthy eating habits.
Dementia can cause some people to overeat or even develop an insatiable appetite.
Craving for sweet foods can also be an early food symptom.
Studies show that dementia attacks the area of the brain – the prefrontal cortex – responsible for self-control in food choices.
Many people with frontotemporal dementia develop a number of unusual behaviors that they are unaware of.
“Frontotemporal dementia tends to start at an age below 65,” the NHS said.
“Most cases are diagnosed in people between the ages of 45 and 65, although it can affect younger and older people.
“Many people with frontotemporal dementia develop a number of unusual behaviors that they are unaware of.”
Symptoms of the disease include overeating, change in food preferences, inability to empathize with others, and loss of drive and motivation, according to the NHS.
Suddenly switching to liking sweet foods and having poor table manners could indicate the condition.
The main signs of dementia that should not be overlooked are:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Having trouble performing familiar everyday tasks, such as getting confused with the right change when shopping
- Having trouble following a conversation or finding the right word
- Being confused about time and place
- Mood changes.
Although there is currently no cure for dementia, early diagnosis means that its progression can be slowed in some cases, so the person may be able to maintain mental function for longer.
A diagnosis helps people with dementia get the right treatment and support. It can also help them and their loved ones prepare for the future.
With treatment and support, many people are able to live active and fulfilling lives with dementia.
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