Dementia Does Not Have to Happen

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.