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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Healthy Lifestyle Can Reduce the risk of Dementia - New Study Revealed

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A new study by the medical journal JAMA has revealed that healthy lifestyle choices might help reduce the risk of dementia, even when a person has a genetic risk. 
These lifestyle changes are: 
  • Do not smoke.
  • Avoid too much alcohol consumption.
  • Exercise at a moderate to vigorous level for at least 150 minutes per week.
  • Eat a brain-healthy diet.
  • Get cognitive stimulation.
The study looked at 196,383 adults age 60 and older who lived in the UK and found that specifically, 1.13% of those with a healthy lifestyle developed dementia later in life compared with 1.78% of those with a less healthy lifestyle — a statistically significant difference.

The adults who took part in the study joined it from 2006 to 2010 and researchers followed up with them until 2016 to 2017.

Elzbieta Kuźma, a research fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School who worked on the study said,

“This research is exciting in that it shows there are actionable things we can do to try to counteract a genetic risk for dementia,”

“In our study, adherence to a healthy lifestyle was associated with a reduced risk of dementia regardless of the genetic risk.”

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