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Diseases related to old age. Part III

Posted by Maggie Reyes on

There are many diseases that are related to old age, both physical and mental. In the article I and II of "Diseases related to old age" we spoke about the physical diseases. In this article we will discuss those related to the mental capacity loss with old age.

 

MENTAL DISEASES

 

Parkinson's

Parkinson's disease is also known as idiopathic Parkinsonism or agitating paralysis. This disease results when neurons start producing less dopamine in the brain which causes the muscles to stiffen and tremors.

 

Causes


  • Genetics.
  • Dopamine production deficiency.
  • Free radicals.
  • Cranial trauma.

 

Symptom


  • Tremors.
  • Muscle stiffness.
  • Posture instability.
  • Reduced blinking.
  • Urinary incontinence.
  • Change in writing.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Other neurological changes.

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Alzheimer's

Alzheimer is also known as senile dementia of the Alzheimer's type (SDAT). It is a serious neurodegenerative disease that affects people memory.

 

Causes: There are no known causes attributed to Alzheimer’s disease, but there are some risk factors, such as;


  • Genetics.
  • Tobacco abuse.
  • Alcohol abuse.
  • Arterial hypertension.
  • Bad nutrition.
  • Cranial trauma.

 

Symptom


  • Memory loss.
  • Difficulty thinking and understanding.
  • Behavioral changes.
  • Depression.
  • Paranoia.
  • Hallucinations.

 

Dementia

It is the progressive deterioration of brain functions. Dementia is uncommon in young people, it usually occurs later in life, after 60 years of age. This disease has no cure, that is, it can’t be slowed or reversed.

 

Causes


  • Genetics.
  • Brain injury.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Sexually transmitted infections (HIV, syphilis).
  • Lack of vitamin B12.
  • Alcohol abuse.
  • Side effects of certain medications.

 

Symptom


  • Temporary memory loss.
  • Loss of perception.
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Behavioral changes.
  • Delirium.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Depression.
  • Lack of judgment.

 

Health recommendation

To live a healthy life is important to visit the doctor sporadically, maintain a balanced diet, exercise, ingest natural supplements, sleep as needed and above all follow the recommendations of your GP.

 


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