Live well to lower dementia risk


2016-10-25 23:18

Factors which we have the power to change, such as weight, blood pressure and alcohol consumption, can lower dementia risk.

There has been a growing interest in how to prevent dementia naturally. In view of the devastating nature of dementia prevention with natural interventions is certainly important.

47 million people across the world have been hit with dementia

Imperial College London reports 47 million people across the world have been hit with dementia. Scientists have been working hard to determine why some people are affected by dementia and yet others are not.

Dr Ruth Peters, who is a neuropsychologist from Imperial College London, has been working to attempt to pinpoint the risk factors associated with dementia. Dr Peters has been particularly focusing on the factors which we have the power to change, such as weight, blood pressure and alcohol consumption.

Eating a significant amount of fatty foods and residing in a polluted area may increase the risk for dementia

The latest research shows that eating a significant amount of fatty foods and residing in a polluted area may increase the risk for dementia. To the contrary it has been observed that getting regular exercise and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels may decrease risk.

Dr Peters has explained it certainly appears maintaining healthy blood circulation throughout the body is vital for decreasing dementia risk. What we have seen is that what is good for your heart is also good for your brain. With a healthy heart, arteries and veins the brain gets a good supply of oxygen and nutrients. This is important for keeping
our neurons functioning well.

Maintaining good health in middle age is vital for healthy brain aging and lowering risk of dementia

Professor Kaarin J Anstey, who is Director of the Centre for Research on Aging at Australian National University, has said maintaining good health in middle age is vital for healthy brain aging and lowering risk of dementia in old age. However it is never actually too early or too late to make an effort to lower your risk.

This study has been published in the journal Current Hypertension Reports. An association between hypertension and a higher risk of poor cognitive performance and dementia has been established. Clearly all efforts to maintain a normal blood pressure naturally should be encouraged. It's advisable to also work to maintain a good weight and avoid drinking too much alcohol to help lower your risk for dementia.