The causes of dementia are varied, and some are unknown. But there are some steps you can take right now to reduce your risk, CNN reported Sept. 16.
Simply put, you can protect against dementia by:
- taking care of your heart
- eating healthy
- challenging your brain (such as by reading, doing crosswords, and other activities)
- having an active social life
Alzheimer’s Disease International notes “persuasive evidence that dementia risk … can be modified through reduction in tobacco use and better control and detection for hypertension and diabetes, as well as cardiovascular risk factors.”
“If we can all enter old age with better developed, healthier brains, we are likely to live longer, happier and more independent lives, with a much reduced chance of developing dementia,” according to the 2014 World Alzheimer’s Report.
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