4 habits to lower your risk of dementia.

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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

“Reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s by adding exercise to your life.”

Dr. John Medina

 

Posted on October 4, 2019 and filed under wellness.