Possible Early Dementia (cont.)
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There is no known way to prevent MCI or dementia. People who have a higher level of education or challenge themselves mentally may have a lower risk of MCI and Alzheimer's disease, but this has not been proven conclusively.
In a majority of people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the condition eventually worsens. In many, memory loss progresses to additional cognitive losses and behavior changes, eventually resulting in dementia.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/1/2015
Rodrigo O Kuljis, MD
Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Helmi L Lutsep, MD
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