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Deficiency and Dementia

Filed Under: Mental Wellbeing at 10:55 am | By: Susan Coyle, Contributing Columnist
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As you age, your wellness goals shift to focus on remaining active and alert in spite of the tolls of time. You search for ways to bolster your body and mind, reading the articles and trying the products that are marketed to your age bracket.  And so, you stop noting the items, vitamins, minerals and foods that are advertised as helping the younger generations, such as folate.

Folate or folic acid is a nutrient touted as being vital to women of child-bearing age. That possibility disappeared, for you, several years ago, so you’ve stopped worrying about how much is in your diet. Or maybe that possibility was never a plausibility since you’re a man, and you’ve never had more than a passing thought about folate. Either way, you’ve allowed your folate levels to drop simply by ignoring them, and in doing so, you’ve more than tripled your risk of dementia.  A study of 518 people over the age of 65 found that those with low folate levels were 3.2 times more likely to develop dementia, primarily Alzheimer’s, which is one of your worst fears – one of the main things you are working to prevent.

To keep dementia at bay, you have to maintain adequate levels of folate and all vitamins. You cannot allow yourself to fall into the nutritional deficiency so commonly seen in old age. If you do, there would be no point in reading the articles that tell you which exercises are best for seniors, which foods will keep you active and which products will ease your age-related aches and pains. There would be no point, because you wouldn’t be able to remain healthy without the nutrients needed to have the strength for exercise and digest the foods you are eating.

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