Do you know that you can prevent cognitive decline through lifestyle interventions?
As hightlighted by a new research study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 (AAIC 2017), lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of dementia.
The data reported at AAIC 2017 included new studies that highlight the impact of race and socioeconomic status on dementia risk, plus advances in diagnostic tools and early detection.
The study involves 2,500 older adults to test the ability of a lifestyle intervention to prevent cognitive decline and dementia risk.
At the conference, it shared that more than one-third of global dementia cases may be preventable through addressing lifestyle factors that impact an individual’s risk.
It lists nine nine potentially modifiable risk factors:
- Low levels of education
- Hearing loss
- Physical inactivity
- Low social contact
Researchers also found that sensory skills such as people with hearing loss were roughly three times as likely to have mild cognitive impairment compared to those with normal hearing.
Sleep problems such as Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are associated with increased risk of Alzheimer. Although SDB/OSA is a modifiable factor and with effective treatment, may help lower the risk of cognitive decline and possibly Alzheimer’s. However, more research is needed to test this idea.
Results from the studies also support a connection between good dietary practices and better cognition. Healthy eating habits preserve cognitive function and reduce the risk of dementia while unhealthy diet leads to inflammation, smaller brain volume and worse cognitive performance.
Dementia is not an inevitable consequence of aging, it can be prevented if you change your lifestyle.
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