People can take 12 steps to reduce their risk of developing dementia.
The charity said it wanted to empower people to make choices that help reduce their chances of development dementiasays it is “the most feared consequence of aging.”
Dementia is a syndrome, a set of related symptoms associated with ongoing decline in brain function.
Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia account for the majority.
Approximately 40% of dementia cases are thought to be related to lifestyle factors, which can be modified to reduce risk.
Scholars are calling for brain health to be included as part of the NHS’s Midlife MOT (also known as the NHS Health Check). Keep your brain healthy.
This includes hearing care, daily challenges to keep your brain active, socializing, staying fit and eating healthy.
Here are 12 key tips to reduce your risk of dementia.
• Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night
• Regularly challenge your brain
• Mental health care
• Stay socially active
• Take care of your hearing
• Eat a balanced diet
• Keep your body active
• no smoking
• Drink responsibly
• Keep cholesterol levels healthy
• Maintaining healthy blood pressure
• Manage diabetes as much as possible
The new Think Brain Health Check-In tool is primarily aimed at people in their 40s and 50s, but we encourage all ages to use it.
Professor Jonathan Schott, Chief Medical Officer of Alzheimer’s Research UK, says only 30% of people know they can take action to reduce their risk of dementia in old age.
“While some people are (genetically) destined to develop dementia, up to 40% of dementia risk worldwide has been found to be potentially modifiable.
“And we are now developing a reasonable evidence base of at least 12 modifiable and potentially modifiable risk factors.
“It is important that we, as individuals and as a society, do everything we can to mitigate the risks.”
Meanwhile, another study shows that continuing education at a young age, avoiding traumatic head injuries, and reducing exposure to air pollution also help reduce risk.
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A new study conducted by YouGov on behalf of the charity found insufficient steps you can take to reduce your risk.
A poll of 2,200 UK adults found that 35% said they were concerned about their hearing, but more than half (59%) said they were doing nothing about it doing.
Previous studies have found that people with hearing loss have a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment than those who do not address their hearing loss problem.
Meanwhile, the study found that only 31% of adults say they get at least seven hours of quality sleep each night.
Just over a quarter (27%) say they engage in brain-stressing activities daily, and only 30% say they meet physical activity guidelines every week.
However, the majority of those surveyed said they talked to or met with friends, family, or co-workers multiple times each week, and most said they had their blood pressure checked recently.
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