Highlights:

  • FDA hasn’t approved any medication for mild cognitive disorder treatment.
  • 37% of people over 85 years old suffer from MCI.
  • Exercising slows down MCI.

Do you remember what were you doing 3 days ago at 6 PM? It happens to all of us to forget about something at a certain time but in this article, we are going to focus on those occasions where peoples’ forgetfulness becomes noticeable. To be more precise, we are talking about mild cognitive impairment (MCI) which is exactly a noticeable action of forgetting things, language difficulty and thinking difficulty but is not to be mistaken¬†for dementia.

“Practice guideline update summary: Mild cognitive impairment” is a study review and an update of the previous clinical trial from 2001 where Dr. Petersen was involved and has been published in the online journal Neurology. He is the leading author of the study,¬†director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mayo Clinic.

Some information about MCI.

First of all, no medicine is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to cure or manage the mild cognitive disorder. People don’t usually seek medical help about this because the effects generally don’t restrict everyday normal life quality. About 6 percent of people by age 60 and older experience MCI as well as it becomes even more prevalent with age. This is supported by the fact that 37% of those who are older than 85 experience MCI, according to the American Academy of Neurology.

Even though this disorder, as we said above, may not ruin your day or may not influence you while working or when studying compared with other illnesses, it can still influence in the progression of dementia which is caused by specific neurological conditions like Alzheimer for example. Underestimating the MCI can make dementia appear sooner than it was supposed to.

What does the research suggest?

Dr. Petersen said on the video which can be accessed below that:

Exercising might slow down the rate at which you would progress from mild cognitive impairment to dementia.

From the research, experts discovered that even physical exercises for two days during a week has the potential to assist those who experience MCI. Dr. Petersen also points out the suggestion that even 2.5 hours of aerobic exercises per week, which may be divided according to preference, is a suitable workout for improvement against MCI. People should also keep in mind that, during physical exercises, it is fine to sweat but it is not normal having difficulties holding a conversation with another person as a result of excess exercising. There is no dietary change suggestion but researchers add that doctors should consider recommending cognitive training for people having MCI.