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Better dementia treatment needed but risks can be reduced, expert says

Better dementia treatment needed but risks can be reduced, expert says
6th August 2009

Research into dementia is alerting people to how they can lower their risk of developing diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, but there is still more to be done in terms of treatment options, according to one expert.

It is well documented that maintaining a normal weight, reducing cholesterol and keeping blood pressure low in mid-life can reduce the risk of getting dementia, explains Dr Susanne Sorensen, head of research at the Alzheimer's Society.

Staying mentally active also has an impact on reducing the risk or delaying the onset, Dr Sorensen continues.

All modern developed societies will face problems paying for ageing populations and their needs, so better treatment for dementia needs to be developed, she adds.

Figures from the Alzheimer's Research Trust show that 700,000 people in the UK have dementia, with the condition costing the economy £17 billion a year.

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