Risk Factors for Dementia

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Are you or your loved one at risk for dementia? Alz.org has put together an informational guide on dementia and describes risk factors for it.  Here are a few of the risk factors:

  • Age. Age is the greatest known risk factor for Alzheimer’s and dementia. Generally as you get older you are more likely to develop dementia.
  • Genetics. If you have a family history of dementia, you are more likely to develop it yourself.
  • Cardiovascular risk.  Blood vessel changes in the brain are linked to vascular dementia, a type of dementia which occurs after a stroke.
  • Physical Exercise. Regular physical exercise may reduce risk of dementia by increasing blood and oxygen flow to the brain.
  • Diet. Current research suggests that eating a heart healthy diet such as the Mediterranean diet may help protect the brain.

For more information on dementia risk, visit alz.org.

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