Scientists have known for a number of years that genetics and lifestyle are two important factors that can lead to the onset of dementia. While we cannot do much about genetics, we can certainly influence our lifestyle to mitigate the risk. New data shows that these factors can half the risk of developing dementia later in life. A healthy and moderate diet, including alcohol consumption, is one factor. Ensuring you get enough sleep along with regular exercise can also decrease the possibility of disease.
- A recent study took participants from a pool of study subjects having no current signs of dementia.
- Participants in the study earned a point for every lifestyle choice they adhered to that the study deemed significant in potentially reducing dementia risk.
- Lifestyle choices that were studied included a significant uptick in consuming fruits and veggies over refined sugars and processed meat.
“People who have parents or siblings with dementia have a 72% greater risk of developing dementia themselves—but there are six lifestyle factors that can curb overall dementia risk by about half, according to a new study in Circulation.”