Medical doctors may encourage lifestyle changes for people diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) such as engaging in brain-stimulating activities and changing dietary behaviours. They may also advise non-pharmacological treatment, such as dietary interventions that are targeted to increase energy in the brain to compensate for the lower levels of brain glucose.
It is important that people diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) live a healthy lifestyle. This is to reduce the chances of MCI leading to dementia, but also to balance the decreased life expectancy associated with MCI. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, depression, diabetes and heart conditions have all been linked with a higher risk of MCI and dementia. Therefore, it is important to manage these conditions effectively with the right medication or treatment prescribed by your doctor.
Moreover, clinicians will decide what recommendation is the most effective to maintain or improve cognition in people with MCI.
Among the different recommendations, the following stand out:
- Avoid from heavy alcohol intake and stop smoking.
- Routines that should be followed.
- Engage in mental activity.
- Make changes to his/her environment to help with memory difficulties.
- Reduce stress and anxiety.
- Use memory tools, such as a diary, timers or alarms and encourage activities for stimulating the brain.
- Increase physical activity and follow a Mediterranean-style diet.
Research has shown that Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) patients under a specific dietary intervention may perceive improvements in memory and cognitive function. MCI patients displayed better recall of words, were able to think faster and multitask after taking the BrainXpert energy complex twice per day for 6 months.
Read more about this new research for MCI.
Alzheimer’s Society. Factsheet 470LP. 2015.