DEMENTIA has no known cure but growing evidence is shedding light on the lifestyle factors that may influence your risk of developing the progressive neurological condition. A new study makes an important contribution to the field, suggesting that a certain hand exercise can help to determine your risk.
Dementia describes a set of symptoms that are associated with brain damage, including memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.
The changes may be subtle initially, but as the condition progresses, dementia can have a marked effect on your daily life.
There is currently no known cure for dementia but research suggests lifestyle factors can heighten your risk of developing the neurological condition.
Of course, if you could be alerted to your level of risk, you could take the necessary steps to reduce your chances of developing it.
A recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that using a dynamometer device – a hand grip that gives an accurate reading of your grip strength and upper body strength – can determine your risk of developing dementia.
The researchers were working off the hypothesis that poor grip strength may be an indicator of cognitive impairment – a precursor to dementia.