Lead a healthy lifestyle to cut dementia risk, expert says

Posted on 25 May 2011

Older people should ensure they maintain an active lifestyle to reduce their chance of dementia, one expert has said.

Alzheimer's Society head of research Dr Simon Ridley explained that risk factors for cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke also increase the chance of developing dementia.

"This suggests keeping a healthy lifestyle, including eating a healthy, balanced diet, could help lower our risk of dementia," he continued.

Mr Ridley explained that the cause of dementia is likely to be a combination of genetics and environmental factors such as diet, lifestyle and exercise.

He continued that once scientists better understand the causes, they will have a better chance of developing treatments.

This follows research from the Karolinska Insitutet in Sweden that revealed being overweight or obese during middle age could increase the risk of some dementias.

Overweight middle-aged people were found to have a 71 per cent higher chance of having dementia in later life compared to those of a normal weight.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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