Positive Progression is Possible: the Type software Dementia That Can be Reversed
When a loved one is diagnosed with any type of dementia, it can be difficult to remain hopeful. Many are under the impression that there is little that can be done to delay or even reverse the damage. However, there are certain types of dementia caused by conditions that can actually be reversed. Especially with early diagnosis, quality of life can dramatically improve. Forms of dementia that cannot be reversed can usually be managed fairly well. even for an extended period of time.
Reversible Type of Dementia
Many types of dementia are a product of irreversible brain damage. These include Alzheimers, vascular dementia, fronts-temporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and Lewey body dementia. There are more than 60 medical, neurological, and psychiatric conditions believed to be associated with dementia, but experts estimate that about 5 percent of dementia cases are reversible.
With early assessment and the right intervention, dementia or memory loss caused by conditions such as high fever, certain deficiencies, traumas, and psychiatric or medical problems may be reversed. Reversible dementia causes include:
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, specifically vitamin A, B-12, C, iron, and folate
- Medication side effects or drug interactions
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Heart disease, where insufficient oxygen reaches the brain (arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, or myocardial infarction)
- Lung problems
- Depression, whether from life conditions or chemical imbalance
- Sleep problems
- Trauma due to falls, head injuries, or accidents
- Hormone or thyroid dysfunction
- Certain infections
- Brain tumors or brain diseases, such as subdural hematoma or hydrocephalus
- Environmental changes such as toxicity, loss of daylight and resulting decrease in activity
- Metabolic disorders such as thyroid disease, COPD, and hyper/hypoglycemia
- Kidney failure
- Visual or hearing loss
- Excessive inflammation
Characteristics of Reversible Dementia
Reversible types of dementia differ from irreversible types in that they can be totally cured — not just slowed. These are true temporary conditions, and when they are resolved, any lost functions of the brain will return. Irreversible types of dementia, on the other hand, result in permanent brain damage. Symptoms of irreversible dementia may be treated or perhaps even slowed, but not reversed.
If you see evidence of memory loss or brain function issues in yourself or a loved one, the earlier you see a doctor, the better the outcome or treatment may be. You may even find that the condition is reversible through fairly simple interventions. If the need for memory care arises, seek qualified advice in choosing the right options for your situation.