Specific steps can be taken to prevent dementia.
A Lancet Commission, after a careful review of epidemiological data, reported that 35% of all dementia is "potentially modifiable". The modifiable risk factors can be separated into early-, mid-, and late-life prevention as follows:
- Early life: poor education (8%)
- Mid-life: hearing loss (9%), hypertension (2%), obesity (1%)
- Late-life: smoking (5%), depression (4%), physical inactivity (3%), social isolation (2%), and diabetes (1%)
This is really good news!
PositiveTip: By choosing to follow a healthy lifestyle you will take important steps to reduce your risk of dementia.