Warning of three common lifestyle habits that increase the risk of dementia


An urgent warning has been issued about three common lifestyle habits that can significantly increase your risk of developing dementia.

Age is known to be the greatest risk factor for dementia and there is no cure, but detection early can ensure that patients receive the right treatment to help them manage the problems associated with it.

Nottinghamshire Live reports that there are also some simple life changes people can make that reduce their chance of developing the disease.

A study conducted in the Netherlands found that people who smoked, had high blood pressure and had poor diet, may also have lower scores on tests of thinking ability, bigger changes on brain scans, and a higher risk of cognitive impairment.

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It was also discovered that the test results in men were linked to poor memory function and markers of brain shrinkage.

The study enrolled 4,164 people with an average age of 59 who took a test called “Lifestyle for Brain Health” (LIBRA).

The total score reflects a person’s potential for dementia considering 11 out of 12 lifestyle factors in the test, including high blood pressure, heart disease, smoking, diet, and physical activity.

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Participants in the study took memory tests and other thinking skills, such as information processing speed, executive function, and attention.

Researchers also looked at brain scans for signs of cerebral small vessel disease, which are signs of vascular brain damage often seen in people with dementia.

They found that people who were in the high-risk group on the LIBRA test, which indicates a less brain-healthy lifestyle, had three main lifestyle habits that increased their risk and lowered their test scores.

According to research, high blood pressure, especially in middle age, significantly increases the risk of dementia.

Studies show that patients in a critical phase between 30 and 50 years of age are two-thirds more likely to develop the incurable brain disease.

The World Health Organization warns that smokers have a 45 percent higher risk of dementia than non-smokers.

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It is estimated that 14 percent of all Alzheimer’s cases worldwide are potentially due to smoking.

Diets high in saturated and trans fats have been shown to increase cognitive decline and the risk of developing dementia.

Researchers found that both diet and exercise can potentially affect neurogenesis of the hippocampus – the process by which the brain makes new brain cells.

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