6 Controllable Risk Factors for Dementia

6 Controllable Risk Factors for Dementia

A recent large-scale study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, provides has identified new risk factors for dementia. Identifying risk factors allows clinicians to put strategies in place to reduce the occurrence of this disease.

Dementia, in its many different forms, is on the rise. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, a new case of dementia is diagnosed every three seconds. And the number of cases which remain undiagnosed cannot even be estimated.

Although many risk factors for dementia — such as age — are not alterable, the good news is that several risk factors are controllable, allowing a person to modify their behavior in order to lower their risk.

The 6 main controllable risk factors for dementia are:

1. High blood pressure

2. Stroke

3. Apolipoprotein E, a protein that plays a vital role in regulating cholesterol levels

4. Obesity

5. Diabetes

6. Depression

Following established medical guidelines to control blood pressure, cholesterol, and depression can lead to reduced risk of dementia.

Moreover, it is well-known that a healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise and a healthy diet, have an effect on all six of the abovementioned risk factors. It goes without saying that the opposite is also true: such habits as smoking and overeating, which have a detrimental effect on one’s general health, will also increase one’s risk for dementia.

The study suggested that managing these six factors will not only lead to overall good health, but will also reduce the number of dementia cases by as much as a third.

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