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Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) involves more serious forgetfulness that can cause problems at work or in daily living. For example, forgetting the name of an acquaintance for a minute is AAMI, but forgetting the names of your co- workers is considered MCI. It's still quite a leap from MCI to dementia or Alzheimer's, but research indicates that 12 percent of persons with MCI later acquire Alzheimer's.

Aging and poor lifestyle habits contribute to AAMI and MCI. "Part of the normal aging process--exacerbated by too much alcohol, drugs or stress--is a diminishment in cognitive ability. Both AAMI and MCI are can be helped with supplementation. Supplementation has been able to retard the progression of serious diseases such as senile dementia and Alzheimer's, to some degree, but there is no current "cure" to halt these conditions once they firmly take hold.

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