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Dementia risk factors determined

After involving 8,845 subjects in a study, researchers determined that the risk factors for developing dementia include having certain conditions during middle-age - high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or smoking. Diabetes was associated with a 46% increase in risk of dementia, high cholesterol with 42% and smoking with 26% and hypertension with 24% increase in risk. The presence of all four risk factors increased the risk by 237%. The study was published in Neurology. Experts from Alzheimer's Association encourage people to reduce the risk of dementia by being mentally, physically and socially active as well as having a diet that encourages brain health (dark-skinned fruits and vegetables, fish and nuts.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Steven Reinberg

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About: Dementia risk factors determined

Date: 26 January 2005

Source: Steven Reinberg


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