No matter what your job or position, you have a lot riding on your mental capabilities. A high-powered executive at an international firm and a professional athlete with a top-dollar contract have responsibilities. Even if you’re a retired grandfather, taxi driver, surgeon, contractor or government official, your mental acuity plays a vital role in your daily life. A brain health assessment can alleviate fear of mental decline or catch deteriorating brain functions early, so you can get the treatment you need.
- You can’t afford to be indecisive in your line of work. If you’re having trouble making up your mind, it may not be just a momentary brain fog, but the start of cognitive disability. Make sure your brain cognitive health is still at its peak.
- Are you forgetting things more and more often? It’s frustrating to you and those you interact with. You can learn to take notes or use memory aids, but forgetfulness is an early warning sign of dementia. Find out for sure by contacting ReBalance in New York City.
- Have you recently experienced momentary confusion or a sense of being lost? Little episodes here and there can be harbingers of serious brain ailments. Take a brain health assessment to learn for sure that you’re perfectly fine or beginning a period of cognitive problems.
From Memory Loss to Dementia
Mild cognitive impairments are a normal part of aging. Beginning around the age of 65, chances are you’re experiencing some level of cognitive impairment. But age isn’t the only factor. A brain health assessment may reveal light, medium or severe damage due to:
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Head injuries
- Sleep-related problems
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Mental illness
If you believe you’re experiencing symptoms of cognitive impairment, you’re not alone. More than 16 million Americans suffer from mild cognitive impairment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A brain health assessment encourages you and your doctor to uncover some of the most common signs, such as:
- Forgetting appointments and events that are important
- Being more impulsive than usual
- Showing increasing poor judgment
- Being generally more forgetful
- Losing your train of thought while reading or speaking
- Feeling overwhelmed by things that you previously handled well
- Having trouble navigating familiar environments
Risk Factors for Mental Decline
Some causes of cognitive health decline are due to your reaction to the decline. Others happen as a result of your symptoms. The causes of cognitive decline that a brain health assessment seeks to uncover include:
- Low or high blood sugar
In addition to the main culprits of cognitive impairment, which are age and heredity, other lifestyle habits make you more susceptible to early warning signs of dementia. These can include:
- Lack of aerobic movement and physical exercise
- Obesity that causes high blood pressure
- High cholesterol levels
- Little to no social interactions
- Few mentally stimulating activities
Brain Health Assessment Basics
Even if you’re just starting to forget where you left your car keys or which movie you saw last week, it won’t hurt to undergo a brain health assessment from the trusted team at ReBalance in NYC. Because the doctors and specialists at this integrative medical practice examine and treat you as a whole individual, you can rely on a complete diagnosis.
The tests and procedures that are part of a brain health assessment help determine the cause of your brain relapses. These tests are part of the process when you join the ReBalance 360 program, which is devoted to your total health. You may undergo test that include:
- Genetic tests to look for signs of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia that are written on your DNA
- Hormone tests because hormonal imbalances can lead to a host of mental and physical complications
- Blood tests that look for issues such as a low B-12 levels that cause mental impairments
- Neurological exams that test for the presence of strokes or tumors
- Complete physical to determine if there are any other mitigating physical issues
- Imaging of your brain — an MRI or CAT scan — to look for physical abnormalities
- Short Q&A to determine the effect of your decline
Recovery, Prevention and Healing at ReBalance in NYC
Little is yet known about cures for some of the cognitive impairment conditions such as Alzheimer’s and advanced dementia. Progress is continually being made, but until such time as a cure is found, your best option to prevent cognitive decline is to do everything you can to stay mentally alert and physically healthy.
Once physical illnesses and conditions are addressed, and you’ve completed a brain health assessment, your team at ReBalance can put together recommendations for your continued physical and mental health. Some of these options may include:
- A weight loss plan
- Hormone replacement
- Heavy metal removal
- Dietary changes
- Exercise plan
- Vitamin infusions
- Medical weight loss assistance
- Dietary supplements