MCI, which stands for mild cognitive impairment, involves situations where someone has trouble remembering things. There are two types of MCI which include amnestic MCI and nonamnestic MCI. Amnestic MCI refers to problems with memory, such as forgetting recent information and details of conversations, or misplacing personal items.* Nonamnestic MCI refers to trouble concentrating or remembering how to perform certain tasks like formulating thoughts.* There are ways to help alleviate if not eliminate MCI and we’ll discuss just exactly what some of those ways are.
Eating more of a plant-based diet- A study of almost 900 people published in the September 2015 Alzheimer's & Dementia found that the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet was associated with slower mental decline in older adults.* The diet promotes high amounts of fruits, nuts, leafy vegetables, and olive oil.* In contrast, the diet places emphasis on staying away from foods excessively high in saturated fats and processed sugars like fried foods and sweets.*
Exercise-Doing moderate intensity exercising three to five times a week for around 30 minutes will not only improve heart health, but brain health as well.* Regardless of what type of exercise you do during that time frame, breaking a sweat should be the main goal.*
Become a participant in a clinical trial-In order to be eligible to have access to the newest treatments and prevention methods of MCI, check out www.alz.org to see which clinical trials are available to participate in.
With knowledge of knowing what MCI is and how to alleviate its effects, feel free to see which method mentioned above, if not all, have a positive impact on your life. As always, please consult with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet and exercise regimen.