The experts have compiled a 12-step checklist that they say people can use to reduce their risk of developing dementia.
Alzheimer’s Research UK said the vast majority of people don’t do enough to prevent their risk of developing dementia, so the charity hopes to empower people to make choices that will help reduce their risk of developing the neurodegenerative disorder.
Professor Jonathan Shute, Chief Medical Officer of the Alzheimer’s Research Center in the UK, noted that only 30% of people know there is something they can do to individually reduce their risk.
He added: “There are some people (genetically) with dementia, but now we know that up to 40% of the risk of developing dementia worldwide can be changed. It is important that we do our best as individuals and as a society. to reduce our risk.”
Steps to maintaining good brain health include taking care of your hearing, doing daily tasks to keep your brain active, communicating, staying physically fit, and eating healthy.
A separate study also showed that continuing education into adolescence adulthood, avoiding traumatic brain injury (also known as intracranial injury, which is damage to the tissue that makes up the brain so that the brain and nerve cells in that area bleed) and reducing exposure to air pollution can also help reduce the risk of human exposure.
A new survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the charity found that people are not taking steps they can take to reduce their risk.
Experts recommend following a 12-step list to prevent dementia, which includes the following:
Sleep at least seven hours every night
mental health care
Stay socially active
Eat a Balanced Diet
Stay physically active
– Quit smoking
Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels
Maintaining healthy blood pressure
Manage your diabetes the best you can
Professor Schott added: “Dementia is currently the most dangerous consequence of aging, so people want to know what they can do about their risk. I think people can be aware that there are some things they can do.”