According to experts, cravings for certain types of food could be a sign of dementia. While Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, one of the rarest forms, known as frontotemporal dementia (FTD), causes problems with behavior and language – and food choices could indicate the disease, reports the Express.
The UK Alzheimer’s charity said patients with FTD may “crave sugary, fatty or carbohydrate foods and forget their table manners”, adding: “They may also not know when to stop eating, drinking alcohol or smoking”.
A notable patient is Helen, the wife of Sir Jackie Stewart, who was diagnosed with FTD in 2014. The diagnosis prompted the racing driver to launch the global charity Race Against Dementia, which aims to increase speed at which science is advancing towards a breakthrough in the fight against disease.
Statistically, dementia is the biggest cause of death in the UK, with around 67,000 people dying from the disease each year. But Race Against Dementia scientist Dr Cara Croft says a new treatment could be available within the next 10 years.
In addition to changes in eating habits, other symptoms of FTD are:
• Being insensitive or rude
• Act impulsively
• Loss of inhibitions
• Seeming discreet
• Loss of interest in people and things
• Loss of dynamism and motivation
• Inability to focus with others
• Repetitive behaviors
• Compulsive eating
• Neglecting personal hygiene
• Using words incorrectly
• Loss of vocabulary
• Repetition of a limited number of phrases
• Forgetting the meaning of common words.
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