In Dementia Awareness Week over 70,000 complete cognitive function test

It’s Dementia Awareness Week and I am proud to announce that Food for the Brain’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Project has hit the 70,000 mark. Over 500 people are diagnosed with dementia every single day. Research UK shows that a million people in Britain will suffer some form of dementia within the next two decades, and one in three pensioners will die with it. The best current treatments can only help reduce the symptoms and cannot prevent the disease progressing. Three quarters of dementia is Alzheimer’s, for which there is no known way of reversing the brain damage.

There is now a substantial amount of research that shows that the toxic protein homocysteine, easily measurable in blood plasma, not only causes the kind of damage that is the hallmark of Alzheimer’s, but that one’s homocysteine level is an excellent predictor of risk. The critical point is to detect any decrease in cognitive function as early as possible and, if some decline, measure homocysteine. Of course, there’s no harm in testing your homocysteine anyway, which I recommend for anyone over 50, along with doing the Cognitive Function Test. Also marking Dementia Awareness Week, my new paper entitled ‘The Prevention of Memory Loss and Progression to Alzheimer’s Disease with B Vitamins, Antioxidants and Essential Fatty Acids: A Review of the Evidence’ is being published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine today. To read it click here and open the article entitled Nutrients and Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention 2011: Review. If you’re concerned about developing Alzheimer’s take a look at my book Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan.