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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Reducing Dementia Risk

A study recently presented in London at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggests that lifestyle changes can help prevent dementia, according to a report published by the BBC.

It was also reported at the conference that it is estimated that 47 million people globally suffer with some form of dementia currently and, left untreated, that number can grow to 131 million by 2050.

The scientists who presented the study suggest that these nine preventable factors cause 35 percent of dementia risk, and that with behavioral change, this part of the dementia risk can be significantly reduced or eliminated.

The nine factors and their percentage of the risk are:

  • Mid-life hearing loss – 9%
  • Failing to complete secondary education - 8%
  • Smoking - 5%
  • Failing to seek early treatment for depression - 4%
  • Physical inactivity - 3%
  • Social isolation - 2%
  • High blood pressure - 2%
  • Obesity - 1%
  • Type 2 diabetes - 1%

Unfortunately the remaining 65% of the causes of dementia are what the scientists describe as “non-modifiable.”

So while research continues for a cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases, there is action individuals can take to help with prevention.


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