Both High, Low Levels of Magnesium in Blood Linked to Risk of Dementia


Magnesium Linked to Risk of Dementia

People with both high and low levels of magnesium in their blood may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a study published in the online issue of Neurology®.

“These results need to be confirmed with additional studies, but the results are intriguing,” said study author Brenda C.T. Kieboom, MD, MSc, of Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. “Since the current treatment and prevention options for dementia are limited, we urgently need to identify new risk factors for dementia that could potentially be adjusted. If people could reduce their risk for dementia through diet or supplements, that could be very beneficial.”

The study involved 9,569 people with an average age of 65 who did not have dementia whose blood was tested for magnesium levels. The participants were followed for an average of eight years. During that time, 823 people were diagnosed with dementia. Of those, 662 people had Alzheimer’s disease.

The participants were divided into five groups based on their magnesium levels. Both those with the highest and the lowest levels had an increased risk of dementia, compared to those in the middle group.

The results were the same after researchers adjusted for other factors that could affect the risk of dementia such as body mass index, smoking status, alcohol use and kidney function.

Kieboom emphasized that the study does not prove that high or low levels of magnesium cause dementia; it only shows an association.


Going on Holiday? Consider These Tips as You Get Older


How To Prepare For Your Holiday When You’re Over Sixty

Preparing for your holiday after turning sixty involves much of how you would have prepared in your yesteryears. However, there’s a little more to take into consideration like looking after yourself effectively and ensuring that the pace of your time away is slower and more relaxed. Just because you’re not quite as spritely as you once were doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your time away. In fact, traveling after retirement could actually be more enjoyable since you have an increased understanding of the way of the world, and you’re far more likely to have the cash funds to enjoy the finer things in life, like good food and wine. It’s a win-win scenario since your body’s ability to spring back to life after a night of sip supping glasses of bubbly leaves, well, much to be desired.

Staying Healthy

Before you travel away, you need to ensure that you’ve taken the necessary precautions to boost your immune system in the run-up to your trip. You don’t want to spend any of your time away nursing a virus in bed so be sensible and practical and follow these suggestions for keeping in tip-top shape. Aim to drink superfood smoothies with a healthy dose of fresh ginger, take vitamin supplements specially formulated for seniors, and engage in regular exercise for about thirty minutes a day. It’s likely that you’ll be requiring some preventative injections before your travels, so book an appointment at a clinic nice and early and have these done. You can find welcoming and reliable travel vaccination clinics in London so get yourself along to one of these locations and relax in the knowledge that you’re armed against disease.

Essential Packing

Make a detailed list of what you need to pack, be thorough and think carefully about what you’ll be indefinitely needing. If you’re currently taking prescribed medication, then consider getting a pill box to sort and store your daily pills and tablets. These helpful boxes list the days of the week so you can place your medications in each pill draw instead of carrying a handful of paper and cardboard packaging around with you. You’ll also want to pack as lightly as you can to save lugging heavy bags around with you, so remember that every little helps and make your holiday that little bit smoother. If you’re flying, don’t forget to wear your heaviest items of clothing on board and pack your other, lighter clothes away.


You should be packing items that will ensure you stay comfortable while you’re away, so think from your head to your toes and pack accordingly. Think of your feet, and take durable and comfortable shoes, also take some orthopedic insoles with that will support the arches of your feet, this way you’ll stave off a backache and pains while ensuring that you’ll be able to walk further, and thus, seeing more on your holiday. Pack an opaque eye mask for the flight, some ear plugs for the inevitable whirring of the plane’s engine and the hubbub of the departure lounge, and also a neck pillow.

Mediterranean Diet Good for Brain Health – Smilecast 100

Mediterranean Diet May Have Lasting Effects on Brain Health

A new study shows that older people who followed a Mediterranean diet retained more brain volume over a three-year period than those who did not follow the diet as closely. The study was published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. But contrary to earlier studies, eating more fish and less meat was not related to changes in the brain.

The Mediterranean diet includes large amounts of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, beans and cereal grains such as wheat and rice, moderate amounts of fish, dairy and wine, and limited red meat and poultry.



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