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Managing your lifestyle factors is key to preventing Alzheimer's disease

by , 28 July 2017
Managing your lifestyle factors is key to preventing Alzheimer's disease
Breakthrough! A recently released report has uncovered that managing your lifestyle factors plays an important role in preventing Alzheimer's disease. In fact, managing lifestyle factors could prevent up to 75% of the world's dementia, according to the report.

The findings, which were published in The Lancet and presented at the 2017 Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) maintain that addressing lifestyle factors such as smoking, depression, hearing loss and high blood pressure could prove beneficial.

Another thing the report highlighted was the beneficial effects of non-pharmacologic interventions, such as exercise and social contact for people with dementia. Read on for the full findings.

Report finds that managing your lifestyle factors can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease

According to the report, by increasing education early in life and addressing obesity, hearing loss and high blood pressure in midlife, you can slash your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 20%.
 
Furthermore, by stopping smoking, treating depression, managing diabetes, boosting physical activity and increasing social contact in late life, you can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by a further 15%.

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“There’s been a great deal of focus on developing medicines to prevent dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease,” Lon Schneider, AAIC presenter and professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, reported. “But we can’t lose sight of the real major advances we’ve already made in treating dementia, including preventive approaches.”
 

Non-pharmacologic interventions are also better for treating agitation and aggression...

Schneider and his team noted that they also looked at the effect of non-pharmacologic interventions for people with dementia and found that they played a critical role in treatment – especially when trying to reduce agitation and aggression.
 
“Antipsychotic drugs are commonly used to treat agitation and aggression, but there is substantial concern about these drugs because of an increased risk of death, cardiovascular adverse events and infections, not to mention excessive sedation,” Schneider concluded.
 
These findings suggest that by managing your lifestyle factors, you may be able to manage your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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