Alert: This habit of epidemic has increased the risk of dementia, at present more than 40 lakh people in India are its victims.

To prevent the ongoing corona epidemic for the last three years, we all made many changes in our daily routine, social isolation is one of them. This habit can help in reducing the spread of corona. However, researchers have found in a recent study that due to social isolation, the risk of dementia disease is increasing in people.

Dementia is a disease caused by changes in the structure of the brain, in which the brain’s ability is reduced and patients have to face problems related to memory, thinking, behavior and emotion.

In research done to find out how social isolation affects our body, scientists have found that this habit can increase the risk of dementia in people over 50 years of age. According to statistics, more than 40 lakh people in India have the problem of dementia. Generally, after the age of 65, the risk of this disease is high, but in recent years, a decrease in its age limit is also being seen.

Social isolation and risk of dementia

The study, conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, found that social isolation can lead to an increased risk of dementia. Scientists say that social isolation is not directly causing this disorder, but due to this people’s contact with each other has reduced.

Due to less interaction and interaction with each other, behavioral changes are also being seen in a large number of people. People in the age group of 50-60 are also being identified at risk of dementia, which can be a worrying situation.

What did the study find?

In the US, dementia is seen in one in four people over the age of 65. The research, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, used data from 5,022 Medicare participants in 2011. At the start of the study, 23% were in social isolation for a variety of reasons, although they did not have symptoms of dementia. However, by the end of the nine-year study, 21 percent of people were diagnosed with dementia.

It is important to keep in touch with people

The team of scientists found that those who were socially isolated over the course of nine years had a 27 per cent higher risk of developing dementia. Researchers say that another research has also found that if people stay connected to each other, this risk can be reduced by 31 percent.

The human tendency is to live with each other and share our joys and sorrows, due to its manipulation, there can be a risk of many types of neurological and behavioral problems.

What do researchers say?

Dr Mfon Umoh, a professor at Johns Hopkins University and one of the study’s authors, says the risk of dementia can be reduced by following even simple techniques of communication. Social connection is vital to our cognitive health.

Social isolation has increased even more since the corona pandemic, which can have serious side effects in the coming decades. Staying in contact with people through any medium, even if you are in isolation, is very important for maintaining mental health.