(ORDO NEWS) — When people talk about dementia, they usually mean either a very wide range of symptoms or Alzheimer’s, which is the most common form of dementia. However, there are other forms of this disease, including frontotemporal dementia. If you experience a strong desire to eat certain foods, this may be a symptom of this particular form of dementia.
In a statistical sense, dementia is the leading cause of death in the UK. Every year about 67,000 people die from this disease – more than can fit in London’s Olympic stadium. Therefore, scientists are actively developing new treatments for various types of dementia, including frontotemporal dementia. This form of the disease, which is slightly less common than Alzheimer’s, causes behavioral and speech problems.
Like other forms of dementia, frontotemporal dementia presents with a range of symptoms.
These symptoms can relate to various aspects of a person’s life, including his diet.
According to the charity Alzheimer’s UK, patients with this form of dementia may “experience a strong craving for sugary, fatty, high-carbohydrate foods and often forget table manners.”
The organization’s experts add: “People with this form of dementia can also stop feeling the right amount – in food, in drinking alcohol or in smoking.”
In recent years, frontotemporal dementia has attracted more and more attention from the public and scientists because of the impact it had on one very famous athlete.
In 2014, the wife of Sir Jackie Stewart, the legendary Scottish racing driver, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.
Instead of succumbing to despair, Sir Stewart found in this terrible situation an incentive for development.
In response to this challenge, he created the organization Race Against Dementia. This organization has taken a sports approach to dementia research.
By working hard to raise awareness and accelerate research, she hopes to increase the pace of scientific progress towards a meaningful breakthrough in the fight against dementia.
Dr. Cara Kroft, one of the organization’s top scientists, says a cure for dementia could be available within the next 10 years.
Such a breakthrough would benefit patients in the future and also allow patients who have already been diagnosed to slow down the rate of disease progression.
In addition to changes in eating habits, symptoms of frontotemporal dementia include:
- Insensitivity and rudeness;
- Impulsive behavior;
- The disappearance of prohibitions;
- Marked lethargy;
- Loss of interest in people and things;
- Loss of motivation and aspirations;
- Repetitive stereotypical actions;
- Compulsive overeating;
- Ignoring personal hygiene;
- Incorrect use of words;
- Inability to remember the right word;
- Repetition of a limited set of phrases;
- Inability to understand the meaning of ordinary words.
Understanding the essence of dementia is difficult enough until a person encounters this disease in his own family.
When this tragic event enters people’s lives, they have to experience not one, but two deaths.
The first of these is the death of the person’s personality, and the second is the death of the body, which ultimately surrenders in the fight against this disease.
But the most difficult thing is the death of the personality of a loved one, when he ceases to be the one whom his family members previously knew and loved.
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