A New Study Says These Seven Lifestyle Factors May Prevent Dementia As You Age

Dementia is a debilitating condition that affects cognitive function, memory, and behavior. As people age, the risk of developing dementia increases. However, a new study suggests that lifestyle factors can help prevent dementia as people age.

The study, published in Nature Aging, identified seven lifestyle factors that can prevent dementia. These factors include physical exercise, a healthy diet, mental stimulation, moderate alcohol consumption, not smoking, socializing, and getting enough sleep.

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The study analyzed data from over 1,200 adults in the ongoing Framingham Heart Study, a long-term heart health study. Participants were followed for an average of 10 years when they underwent cognitive testing to assess their cognitive function. The researchers also collected information on the participants’ lifestyle factors, such as exercise habits, diet, and sleep patterns.

The study found that participants who engaged in the regular physical exercise had a lower risk of developing dementia. Those who followed a healthy diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, also had a lower risk of dementia.

A study found that doing puzzles and reading would protect against dementia. Women who consume one drink per day and men who consume two drinks daily are also at a lower risk of dementia.

Not smoking, socializing with others, and getting enough sleep were also identified as essential lifestyle factors preventing dementia.

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The study’s findings highlight the importance of adopting healthy lifestyle habits as people age. People who exercise regularly, consume a nutritious diet, remain mentally stimulated, and socialize with others can reduce their risk of dementia.

While there is no cure for dementia, adopting these lifestyle factors can help prevent or delay the condition’s onset. It’s never too late to start making healthy lifestyle changes that can significantly impact cognitive function and overall health.