Tips to reduce the chances of developing dementia

A Major review has recommended 12 health measures that can reduce the risk of developing dementia.

The biggest known risk factors for dementia are:

  • Smoking
  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Head injury
  • Depression
  • Hearing loss
  • Exposure to air pollution
  • Lack of exercise
  • Education
  • Little or no social contact

Minimising these risks could potentially prevent or delay up to 40 per cent of dementia cases globally, according to the review of the latest evidence by 28 leading dementia experts from around the world.

The review finds that individuals can partially protect themselves by: Not smoking, drinking less than 21 units of alcohol per week, maintaining good blood pressure, avoiding activities that could lead to head injuries, using hearing aids if needed, eating a healthy diet, and exercising and socialising regularly.

It’s never too late to think about reducing your risk!

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