Five changes in lifestyle that can reduce dementia risk by more than a third

To be honest, it’s not like we haven’t heard these before, and not just in the context of warding off dementia, they are good general rules for maintaining your health in every department.

Once again it would seem there is no escaping the fact that the most effective way to stay healthy for as long as possible is to live a healthy lifestyle.

The five ‘golden rules’ in this latest report from the seniors charity pull together the key elements that have a major effect on our wellbeing.

  1. Eat well, preferably a Mediterranean style diet with lots of tomatoes, fish and fresh fruit, using olive oil instead of fats.
  2. Exercise, somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour, four or five times a week of aerobics, yoga or other form of physical exertion is enough to keep everything ticking over nicely.
  3. Stop smoking if you do, don’t start if you don’t.
  4. Regulate your alcohol intake, be judicious about drinking, there may be mixed opinions about the benefits of an occasional glass but everyone agrees that constant or excessive drinking is a sure path to severe problems.
  5. Be aware of the risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, which are all also regarded as potential indicators of dementia risk, and get help or treatment as soon as possible, your GP will be more than happy to support you.

So a healthy body really can lead to a healthy mind, and after reviewing all the recent study data Age UK can even put a figure on that, they calculate that 76% of the effects of ageing on an individual are directly related to lifestyle and environment.

Some of these are out of our control, but recent research in the UK found that men aged between 45 and 59 who embraced all the golden rules were 36% less likely to develop dementia.

Age UK estimates that there are around 850,000 dementia sufferers in the UK and that one in three over the age of 65 will be affected by it.

Don’t you owe it to yourself to do everything you can not to be one of them?

 

Source: The Guardian et al.
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