Preventing Alzheimer’s with Whole Body Cryotherapy

Good ol’ cryotherapy. We are always discovering different ways cryo has proven to be beneficial on physical and mental health time and time again. Recent tests have shown its positive impact on memory and helping patients suffering from Alzheimer’s. And we can’t wait to share the good news!

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that generally occurs as a person gets older and starts suffering from neuron damage. It heavily affects the ability of a person to recall new information and can cause cognitive and memory impairment. It is an irreversible brain disorder that unfortunately does not have a cure. However, as awareness of the types of dementia increases, so do increasing precautionary measures to prolong the onset of dementia in individuals for as long as possible. As brain cells degenerate with age, a person’s cognitive skills, memory skills and clarity of thoughts start to significantly decline.

Unwrapping Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s progresses as a person suffers from the degeneration (or death) of brain cells. The on-set of Alzheimer’s can be detected by short-term memory loss. Missing important appointments or deadlines that you would’ve never missed before or finding yourself lost on a familiar road. If these little forgetful habits are starting to really concern you, you may want to seek consultation from your GP. Alzheimer’s can also develop from mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Mild cognitive impairment is a condition that causes a small but noticeable change in memory decline or thinking skills. People suffering from MCI have more problems with memory than an average person of the same age.

Here are the most common symptoms of people suffering from memory impairment or the early stages of Alzheimer’s:

  • Consistently forgetting recent events
  • Misplacing things more often than you generally would
  • Loss of excitement for activities that used to previously excite them.
  • Spending much longer doing routine tasks than normal.
  • Forgetting familiar places or people
  • Impaired social skills
  • Inability to follow through with instructions
  • Getting lost in between conversation
  • Constantly losing your train of thought
  • Impaired speaking and writing skills from forgetting common words etc.

Now, now, we understand these symptoms may seem fairly common to many and if you are a worrier, you’re probably thinking that you may be experiencing memory impairment. And our friend Google, with all of the information it provides, could really get you questioning whether or not you have Alzheimer’s or are at a risk of developing it. For example, did you know that dementia is the second biggest cause of deaths among Australians?

Starting to sound scary isn’t it? But hold your horses! Before getting ahead of yourself and assuming the worst, you also need to ask yourself these set of questions:

  • Do you/ your friend have a family history of Alzheimer’s or dementia? Scientists are not entirely sure what it is, but people with a family history of dementia are more likely to suffer from it.
  • Do you already suffer from MCI? While there are just as many people who either recovered from it or have stabilised from it, having MCI does increase risk.
  • Have you experienced previous head trauma? (Statistics show that people who’ve had a severe head injury in the past have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, especially if the head injury resulted in the loss of consciousness at the time.
  • Do you find yourself suffering from poor sleep patterns? The reason our sleep is so incredibly important, aside from how good it feels, is because it’s the time our brain gets to regenerate, breathe and relax. Our brain needs just as much rest as we do! And having difficulty in sleeping or staying asleep disrupts our brain from rejuvenating properly. Therefore our brain cells don’t get the time to energise. Which is why people suffering from insomnia or sleep apnea are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Do you have an unhealthy lifestyle and a weak heart? Research proves that those with poor dietary and exercise habits are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s over time. These include having high cholesterol, obesity, smoking or exposure to constant second hand smoking, high blood pressure and a poor exercise regime.
  • Have you always been someone that easily forgets/ misplaces things? If forgetting little day to day things in life is a common occurrence for you, then you’re just simply a forgetful human, don’t let all those statistics out there scare you into thinking you are at an increasing risk of suffering from dementia.

Other factors that increase the risk of dementia/ Alzheimer’s disease includes:

  • Sex – women are at a higher risk of suffering from a form of dementia.
  • Age – Those over 65 are at a higher risk of dementia.
  • Obesity – If you have an extremely unhealthy diet and have high cholesterol, it automatically increases your chances of suffering from mild to severe memory impairment.

Some Harrowing Dementia Related Statistics!

  • Approximately 250 more people are getting diagnosed with some form of dementia per day!
  • 10% of people over the age of 65, and one-third of the population over 85 suffer from some form of dementia.
  • By 2058, dementia is said to affect over 40,000 people of a younger age as compared to 27,000 as per 2019.

* Click here to learn more about Dementia and Alzheimer’s in Australia.

Remember the most heart-breaking scene from The Notebook *SPOILER ALERT* when Noah tells dementia-stiken Allie that they will be seeing each other again, only for a nurse to find them having died in their sleep, with their hands clasped tightly together? Damn, that scene was intense. While the percentage of those affected by some form of dementia is at a rise, the knowledge on dementia has significantly increased and there are many different treatments in place to prevent the nerve-wrenching symptoms of dementia. One of these has proven to be increasingly effective in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease – Whole Body Cryotherapy!

Cryotherapy for Alzheimers!

There aren’t any solid cures for Alzheimer’s disease, however, a dietary and regimen change can delay the symptoms of Alzheimers. Leading the healthiest lifestyle you can is the best way to treat/ delay AD. Until now! Extensive research shows that cryotherapy has a positive impact on improved brain functionality and helps prevent Alzheimer’s. The main mechanism behind it is the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects Whole Body Cryotherapy poses on our body. Here is a breakdown of the science behind it in the most non-sciency way we could explain.

breakdown of the science behind crytherapy

Apart from the extremely important role it WBC plays in reducing inflammation, there are other benefits of doing WBC that help prevent/ prolong memory impairment leading to Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Performing WBC also helps improve sleep patterns, multiple people have reported an increase in sleep pattern from regular cryotherapy.

Mild cognitive impairment is generally regarded as the first symptom of Alzheimer’s. You are still safe and fine if you believe you are suffering from MCI. The effects of MCI can be reversible and the good news is with cryotherapy you can reduce the chances of your MCI leading to a form of dementia! If you are worried that you may be recognising the symptoms of MCI or early Alzheimer’s disease, the very first step you need to take is booking an appointment with your GP. There may be several other reasons you may be suffering from MCI. For example, certain medications can cause a decline in concentration and memory when you first start your medication or if you have recently recovered from a serious condition it could take as long as 6-12 months before all brain functionality is back to normal. People suffering from insomnia or sleep apnea also report to have trouble recalling recent incidents. These do not necessarily mean that you are at a risk of dementia. With a proper diet, routine, healthy lifestyle and, if required, medication that suits your body, your brain will continue to race against time for as long as possible.

The Bottom Line

Whole body cryotherapy is a safe and cost effective way of managing many physical and mental health related symptoms. Regular cryo has proven to be beneficial for many including several athletes and celebrities. While cryo is still at it’s stages of proper evaluation and testing, making people a little wary of the process, our customers have always reported a positive experience from their sessions. At Cryo Au, we have trained staff to provide a variety of cryo treatments in the safest way for various ailments as well as for beauty and fitness. Contact us today!

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