Healthy Lifestyle Changes Linked to Reduced Risk for Dementia
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 03:42 PM

Managing diabetes, quitting smoking, controlling high blood pressure, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk for dementia -- even late in life, according to new research.

The World Alzheimer Report 2014, commissioned by Alzheimer's Disease International, revealed that diabetes can increase the risk of dementia by 50 percent. The study noted that obesity and an inactive lifestyle are key risk factors for diabetes as well as high blood pressure.

The researchers suggested that dementia should be included in national public health prevention and detection programs along with other major non-communicable diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. They pointed out that it's never too late in life to make healthy lifestyle changes.

"While age and genetics are part of the disease's risk factors, not smoking, eating more healthily, getting some exercise, and having a good education, coupled with challenging your brain to ensure it is kept active, can all play a part in minimizing your chances of developing dementia."

"People who already have dementia, or signs of it, can also do these things, which may help to slow the progression of the disease."

Source:  http://consumer.healthday.com/senior-citizen-information-31/dementia-news-738/healthy-lifestyle-changes-can-reduce-the-risk-for-dementia-691826.html