According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 55 million people worldwide suffer from dementia, with low- and middle-income countries reporting 60% of cases, mostly affecting women.
Psychological changes also occur in people with dementia, such as anxiety, depression, personality changes and inappropriate behavior, according to the medical center.
“Dementia diseases are often grouped according to similarities, such as the protein or proteins that are deposited in the brain or the part of the brain that is affected,” the clinic states on its official website.
Therefore, Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, mixed dementia and frontotemporal dementia are stated to be progressive and worsening.
- Alzheimer’s disease: The United States National Library of Medicine (MedlinePlus) notes that people with this disease may develop mild cognitive impairment if they have memory problems.
- Vascular dementia: In this type of disease, the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain are damaged, says the Mayo Clinic.
- Dementia with Lewy bodies: The healthcare company explains that Lewyson bodies are “protein clusters” found in people with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. However, with this type of disease there is another symptom or sign in the feet that is associated with dementia.
Signs on the feet that would indicate dementia
According to the Mayo Clinic, dementia with Lewy bodies is the second most common form of dementia. As already mentioned, in this condition, proteins called Lewy bodies are deposited in the brain cells, which influence memory, thinking and movement. They even reduce mental flexibility.
In this way, Lewy body dementia affects the autonomic nervous system and thus sweating, digestion and blood pressure. “This can lead to sudden drops in blood pressure when standing, for example.”
On the other hand, the study “Association of Dual Impairment of Cognition and Walking Speed with Dementia Risk in Older Adults” published in JAMA Network suggests that slower walking or reduced walking speed may be associated with a higher risk of dementia in adults.
This is mentioned thanks to the results of the cohort study of 16,855 elderly people from the United States and Australia, who assessed their gait compared to their cognitive function.
Finally, the company suggests maintaining healthy habits that predominate physical activity and a diet rich in vegetables and fruits, while taking into account that the risk factors for developing this disease are not only age, but also family history or depression syndrome .