One possible explanation is that having few or even no teeth makes chewing difficult, which leads to a reduction in the blood flow to the brain.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 18, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a brand-new study out of Sweden that has come to a very interesting conclusion in regards to chewing food; the way a person chews food is a predicting factor for the development of dementia.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/brain-function-articles/a-simple-early-warning-of-dementia-discovered), researchers say that people who are able to chew properly are more likely to maintain mental strength and proper memory further into old age. It is no secret that the older a person becomes, the more their cognitive functions deteriorate. These include skills like decision-making, problem-solving, and remembering. According to Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, recent research indicates several possible contributors to these changes, with several studies demonstrating an association between not having teeth, and loss of cognitive function and a higher risk of dementia.
As reported in the article “A Simple Early Warning of Dementia Discovered,” one possible explanation is that having few or even no teeth makes chewing difficult, which leads to a reduction in the blood flow to the brain.
According to the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, researchers addressed tooth loss, chewing ability, and cognitive function in a random selection of 557 adults over the age of 76. They found that adults who had difficulty chewing hard food (like an apple) had a significantly higher risk of developing cognitive impairments. This link remained true even after controlling for other factors, such as existing mental health issues, sex, and age. They also found that it didn’t matter if it was natural teeth or dentures—so researchers concluded that the act of chewing seemed to be the primary factor.
(SOURCE: Lexomboon, D., et al., “Chewing Ability and Tooth Loss: Association with Cognitive Impairment in an Elderly Population Study,” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, online ahead of print October 4, 2012.)
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