I’ve just returned from a lengthy visit with a doctor at a local dementia unit.
I passed all the tests with flying colours I’m exceedingly happy to report however it’s raised some points that I thought I’d share with my vast readership, and thanks in advance, to all three of you for paying attention..
This all started a couple of months ago while at my GP for a check up for one thing or another. I brought up the subject of tests for Alzheimer’s because a very dear friend of mine was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of about 52. As I’m approaching 60 (…is the new 40) I simply wanted to ask about a test or even a checklist to see if my faculties are still firmly rooted in the present and correct or if they are starting on that terrible journey from where there is no return.
My GP, a lovely woman who I’ve been going to for ages, was very proactive and asked me a series of questions over the next 30 minutes to gain a preliminary insight to my brain functions. She said that as far as she was concerned, I’m quite normal but decided to refer me to a dementia clinic, just to be on the safe side. This was a great idea as far as I’m concerned because I’d much rather be 100 percent safe in the knowledge than not quite sure.
Anyway, the test itself was more like an aptitude test or possibly an IQ test, with questions ranging from did I know today’s date and who is our Prime Minister, through to remembering a name and address at the end of the test, that was given to me at the beginning of the test. There was also a blood pressure test, reflex tests, flexibility tests, maths tests and finally a visit to a set of weight scales that were hopelessly inaccurate.
When all the test were finished we had a chat about my weight, exercise regime, diet and my level of alcohol consumption. Interestingly, my weight is the one category that was influenced by all the other categories. Alright, not interestingly, sadly.
The Doctor was keen to point out the only thing that has an effect on Alzheimers and Dementia is exercise and diet.
So I’m going to pay a lot more attention to my diet. I’ve watched Dr. Michael Mosley several times, in particular “Eat Fast and Live Longer” which offers several options for the food obsessed. The 5:2 diet was an enthusiastic rush into the S&M scene for foodies and that little book now sits, nowhere handy thats for sure…
The 880 diet has been tried but 880 calories a day for 8 weeks is slightly worse than starvation with diarrhea for 56 days so that number is no longer a favorite of mine. I’m going for the much lauded Big breakfast, Smaller lunch and Little dinner.
And I’ll try a brisk walk around the block every night, of course I will. Another interesting finding was that the scales in my bathroom are also wildly innacurate, just like ones at the clinic…