Does being diagnosed with MCI (mild cognitive impairment) mean the patient will get dementia or Alzheimer's?

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It can, but not always. It's a great time to do everything you can to prevent further problems. Still, there is never any guarantee. But think, "What's good for the heart is good for the brain." Exercise, diet and mental stimulation (learning new things) - are all important. Many studies point toward anti-oxidants found in fruits such as blueberries, may be helpful. Fish oil provides the right kind of fat. Do a search online for Alzheimer's prevention and you'll get many ideas.
Carol
Not necessessarily....it depends up on the age of the patient.
Absolutely not. There are so many different conditions that affect an indiviudals cognitive function, that are irreversible. Side effects of medications, liver functions that are out of whack, blood sugars that are of to name a few.
Having the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment does not mean that dementia is inevitable.

Now saying that, it is important to discuss with the doctor for a referral to a neurologist or a neuro psychiatrist for further testing.If this is a dementia related type. This could mean a slower progression of the disease for you or your family member. Early intervention may affect the disease process.

Diane

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