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In order to reduce the risk of or prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s, people need to keep the body and mind healthy. Physically, people should aim to control their blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and weight. This will also prevent a myriad of diseases such as heart disease and stroke which are recognized risk factors of dementia. A diet high in antioxidants may also help to keep the brain healthy. Physical exercise keeps the body healthy and maintains good circulation to the brain. A brain can be kept active by constantly challenging it with things such as new languages or difficult puzzles. A socially active life can reduce stress levels and thus reduce the risk of depression which will also keep the brain healthy.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Swampscott Reporter
About: Maintaining a healthy brain may reduce dementia risk
Date: 17 November 2004
Source: Swampscott Reporter
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