Seniors here are two risk factors for developing dementia, Alzheimer’s later in life. The first risk factor is your blood type. The second risk factor is your consumption of alcohol. Seniors if you have blood type AB a new study published in the American Academy of Neurology stated people with this blood type are more likely to develop memory loss in later years. Does this mean this blood type, type AB, will develop dementia or Alzheimer’s? The study found that people with AB blood type were 82% more likely to develop a thinking or memory problems as they aged. New studies have also found individuals that drink heavily in their middle age can develop memory problems later in life. Can these two factors predispose you to dementia or Alzheimer’s?
You cannot change your blood type, but you can decrease your alcohol intake. In addition, drinking alcohol in moderation is one of the strategies that can reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia in later life, according to a review of the research on how dementia can be reduced. Abstaining from alcohol and abusing alcohol both risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia. Now your blood type is a risk factor for cognitive decline later in life.
These factors are not only a little scary, but if a senior citizen has blood type AB and is a daily drinker, or even someone who just parties on the weekend, which hopefully by the time you reach the age of 50 that is out of your system, are predisposed to dementia or Alzheimer’s. Well if you are a drinker, and you have blood type AB, I would be rethinking my partying, and even my social drinking. In addition, it has been found that people who are heavy drinkers can develop a syndrome called Korsakoff’s syndrome. Korsakoff’s syndrome is caused by lack of thiamine (vitamin B1), which affects the brain and nervous system. People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol are often thiamine deficient. This is because many heavy drinkers have poor eating habits and their diet does not contain essential vitamins. Moreover, alcohol can interfere with the conversion of thiamine into the active form of the vitamin thiamine pyrophosphate. Also, alcohol can inflame the stomach lining, and cause frequent vomiting and make it difficult for the body to absorb the key vitamins it receives. Alcohol also makes it harder for the liver to store vitamins.
Well seniors if you are drinkers, you can decrease your intake or stop all together. In addition, alcohol abuse causes many other diseases, especially cirrhosis of the liver, and that is a painful disease on the end of life. The decrease of alcohol helps decrease one of the risk factors previously mentioned, but what can you do about your blood type? There is nothing you can do about your blood type. The only thing seniors with the blood type AB can do is try to keep your brain active.
In conclusion, seniors this writer would suggest if you have the blood type AB, which this writer does, keep your brain sharp. You can do this by reading, writing, and even playing brain teasers you can find online. I would personally recommend lumosity.com. The link to this website is http://www.lumosity.com/. Seniors drink in moderation, and obtain what your blood type is, and keep your brain sharp as you age. They say it is the golden years, but it is up to you to make it golden, and keep your memory sharp.