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Lifestyle key to dementia prevention

Published on 06/04/2010
Leading a healthy lifestyle in middle age could help protect against the onset of dementia in later life, new research from the University of Edinburgh has found.

A study published in the BMJ Clinical Evidence journal suggests that tackling risk factors such as obesity and high cholesterol could cut an individual's risk of developing dementia by around 20 per cent.

In response to the report, Alison Carnage, a spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said: "Leading a healthy lifestyle, taking regular exercise and eating a healthy diet can help lower risk of dementia."

She added that the benefits also reduce an adult's likelihood of developing other serious medical conditions such as heart disease and stroke.

The trust recently commissioned research conducted by the University of Oxford, which discovered the impact of dementia on the UK's society and economy is higher than ever.

However, the degenerative condition remains severely underfunded compared to other conditions like cancer and heart disease. Figures show that dementia affects 820,000 people in the UK.

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