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    Unhappy Worried about brain damage

    I’m a 27 year old male and have been worrying a lot about CTE/early dementia a lot recently, especially since it’s in the news so often and I’ve seen in family members how horrible dementia is. I’ve hit my head like everyone else, but I distinctly remember these incidents:

    -Hitting my head on the ground when sledding in the snow when I was very young and getting sick after. I was brought to the doctor the next day, but was not diagnosed with a concussion.
    -A basketball falling onto my head years later during a game.
    -Hitting my head on a solid wood beam in my friend’s room because I’m tall.
    -Falling onto my face onto the mats (2 inches thick) twice from standing doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu recently. I felt fine after both of these falls, but I fell hard. I considered going to the doctor after, but didn’t really have any symptoms after.

    I feel like I can’t bring this up with any of my friends because I have some that have been knocked unconscious several times or sustained repeated hits to the head for years playing football. Or they’ll bring up how their infant hits them in the face multiple times a week. I never played football, boxing, rugby, ice hockey, or any of the riskier sports, but CTE is still in the back of my mind. I want to keep practicing Jiu Jitsu, but even though concussions are extremely rare and some people I know have not seen one in a decade of training, it is an extremely close contact sport and sometimes people get hit with elbows and knees in the face by accident.
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    Re: Worried about brain damage

    Connecting a few knocks on the head with dementia is like connecting a few cuts and bruises with skin cancer.

    You're worrying about nothing.

    Dementia is (now though) to be most likely connected with poor diet and constant inflammation. Especially a diet low in healthy fats.

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    Re: Worried about brain damage

    Quote Originally Posted by ankietyjoe View Post
    Dementia is (now though) to be most likely connected with poor diet and constant inflammation. Especially a diet low in healthy fats.
    There is a connection between poor diet and inflammation and a cause/effect relationship between inflammation-depression - and probably mental health illnesses in general. So the further connection of inflammation to dementia makes sense.

    However, whether inflammation is cause or effect still remains to be answered.
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    Re: Worried about brain damage

    Quote Originally Posted by KK77 View Post
    There is a connection between poor diet and inflammation and a cause/effect relationship between inflammation-depression - and probably mental health illnesses in general. So the further connection of inflammation to dementia makes sense.

    However, whether inflammation is cause or effect still remains to be answered.
    Current evidence seems to suggest that inflammation is the cause of ALL chronic, non-infectious disease.

    In other words, the crap you put in your body and the stress you put yourself under causes everything that isn't bacterial or viral.

    You body is capable of processing X amount of inflammation caused by external stress, just not the amount we put ourselves under these days.

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