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A healthy middle age 'can reduce the risk of developing dementia'

A healthy middle age 'can reduce the risk of developing dementia'
6th April 2010

Leading a healthy lifestyle in middle-age can reduce the risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a new medical study.

Dealing with risk factors such as high cholesterol and obesity in middle-age could reduce a person's chances of developing dementia by 20 per cent, researchers from the University of Edinburgh claim.

In addition, taking these actions will also have a positive effect on heart disease, stroke and diabetes, the study notes.

This research could help healthcare professionals provide better advice for people at risk of developing dementia, according to Alison Carnage, spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Research Trust (ART).

"It really highlights the evidence that leading a healthy lifestyle, taking regular exercise and eating a healthy diet can help lower someone's risk of dementia," said Ms Carnage.

Dementia affects over 820,000 people in the UK, costing the economy £23 billion per year, the ART claims.

The researchers at the University of Edinburgh conclude by saying that dementia costs will remain a concern, but with more research healthcare professionals will continue to be able to provide good quality care.

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