Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London presented a new report that tackles a common health risk. The research paper gives more insights into the optimal lifestyle choices a person can make to guard themselves against chronic mental disorders. Researchers came to the conclusion that the way a person designs his or her daily routine can keep dementia at bay.
The Report Presented Nine Risk Factors People Are Exposed to that Can Trigger Dementia
On Thursday, the London event presented an insightful research on dementia and how one-third of world cases could have been averted. There were 24 experts from the first Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care who contributed to these findings.
They started off analyzing previous thorough studies and medical documents. In the end, they summarized all this mass of information into a simple model of ideal lifestyle a person should adopt to reduce the risk of dementia.
There are around 47 million people around the globe who currently live with dementia. Unfortunately, this number can triple by 2050 if communities continue to employ same routines. However, the report managed to track down nine risk factors that a person is exposed to over a lifespan. These are hypertension, midlife hearing loss, smoking, interruption of secondary education, sedentary culture, obesity, lack of treatment for depression, social isolation, and type 2 diabetes.
Better Lifestyle Choices Contribute to the Creation of a Cognitive Reserve
However, people can be proactive and eliminate all these nine risk factors through the right lifestyle choices. The lead author of the study, Professor Gill Livingston at University College London stated that despite people getting dementia later in life, the mind starts working on the frame for this health condition years before the first symptoms.
Therefore, the solution the report proposes is for people to start investing in a “cognitive reserve.” This means developing the networks of the brain until it gets powerful enough to remain optimal even later in life. Some practical takeaways are to stop smoking, maintain a healthy weight, physical training, and treat diabetes and hypertension.
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