Via telegraph.co.uk Rosa Silverman
Following four out of five golden rules for healthy living lowers the risk of developing dementia by more than a third, a study has found.
Analysis by Age UK suggested that lifestyle was responsible for 76% of changes in the brain and that people could go some way to avoiding the disease by adopting or quitting certain habits.
Taking regular physical exercise, eating a Mediterranean diet, not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation were all found to decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
In addition, preventing and treating diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity was also found to reduce the risk.
But while heavy drinking was linked to dementia, drinking moderate levels of alcohol was found to be beneficial.
A review of academic studies and data by researchers at the University of Edinburgh revealed that more than three quarters of cognitive decline – age-related changes in brain skills including memory and speed of thinking – was accounted for by lifestyle and other environmental factors including level of education.
One large UK study carried out over 30 years found that men aged between 45 and 59 who followed four to five of the identified lifestyle factors were found to have a 36% lower risk of developing cognitive decline and a 36% lower risk of developing dementia than those who did not. Read ful article…
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