Lifestyle Factors Predictors for Dementia
Researchers at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute have identified risk predictors in middle age that could help to identify people more likely to suffer dementia in later life.
According to research, as with heart disease and other illnesses, lifestyle factors are key to preventing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Factors include education, raised blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity and lack of exercise, which are similar to risk factors for heart disease and strokes.
According to the head researcher Miia Kivipelto, ”the key point for all these factors is lifestyle changes.”
She added that ”the risk factors are quite the same for heart disease. It is positive news because it opens up totally new avenues for intervention and prevention of dementia.”
There is no cure for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia in the elderly, so any means of primary prevention is important.
An estimated 12 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and the numbers are expected to rise as the population ages.