Dementia currently affects around 1.3% of New Zealand’s population, around 70,000 people, by the year 2030 it is expected over 100,000 people, and by 2050 over 170,000. These growing statistics provided by Alzheimer’s NZ are cause for concern among many health professionals.
There is no cure for dementia; therefore taking a preventative approach is often considered the best course of action. What can you do to help reduce the risk of developing dementia? Making a few simple lifestyle changes can make all the difference, see below for information on the types of dementia, how to recognise the symptoms, our top 5 vitamins and minerals for the brain and more.
Studies have shown nutrient deficiency during pregnancy have been linked to the increase risk of “anaemia, pregnancy-induced hypertension and pre-eclampsia, foetal growth restriction and increased labour complications”.
A healthy and varied diet is the best way to get the nutrients you need before, during and after pregnancy. However the very obvious physiological changes when pregnant mean your nutrient requirements increase significantly, sometimes making it difficult to meet these needs through foods alone.
Supplements recommended by doctors, midwives and other health professionals are often used to help top up nutrient levels, particularly for important pregnancy micronutrients such as Folate and Iodine.