When difficulties are experienced in the areas of reasoning, memory, or language, whether isolated or combined, we are faced with the presence of the so-called mild cognitive impairment, which represents the midpoint between the loss of cognitive capacity typical of old age and dementia.
Many times we are aware of the progressive decrease in our mental abilities, but sometimes it is others who notice it. Generally, it does not disrupt our daily lives or make our social interactions and activities too difficult.
Mild cognitive impairment does not have a defined prognosis, as it can decrease over time, remain unchanged, or become dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Although the direct cause of mild cognitive impairment is unknown, several potential risks for developing this condition have been identified, including:
- Being elderly.
- Carry the Alzheimer’s disease-related gene.
- High blood pressure.
- High cholesterol.
- Overweight and obesity.
- Sedentary lifestyle.