Researchers looked at data from nearly 200,000 people and grouped them into high, medium, and low risk groups based on genetic markers for dementia. At the end of the eight-year study, living a healthy lifestyle appeared to be protective regardless of genetic risk. In fact, those who were at high risk based on their genes and followed healthy habits had a 32 percent lower risk of getting dementia than those at high risk with an unhealthy lifestyle. In the study, the usual players constituted a healthy lifestyle: eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, not smoking, and moderate alcohol consumption. If you’re on track with all that, keep up the good work! If your habits need work, pick one at a time and start taking small steps to big changes. Swapping out refined grains for whole grains a few days a week, adding some fresh veggies to your meals, or starting a walk routine may sound insignificant, but over time these habits carry powerful benefits, including helping you stay sharp as you age.
Source: Association of Lifestyle and Genetic Risk With Incidence of Dementia
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Dr. John Medina