Wellness Wednesday – Healthy Lifestyle for Dementia Prevention

Many Americans wonder how to prevent dementia. Anyone who has ever had a loved one affected by dementia has seen the profound impact and grief that is associated with this condition. We often look for that one thing we can do to prevent an illness and it turns out (yet again) a healthy lifestyle is linked to a lower risk of dementia.

A new article was published in JAMA that hits this point home. The study was a retroactive cohort study (for all you science nerds out there) that looked at over 5000 people and assessed their genetic risk for dementia. They also looked at their diets and lifestyles. The study found that REGARDLESS of your genetic risk for dementia, a healthy diet and lifestyle reduced your risk for dementia.

In the high risk group, 1 case of dementia would be prevented for each 121 individuals per 10 years who improved their lifestyle from unfavorable to favorable.

How did they define healthy lifestyle?
– not smoking
– no history of stroke
– regular physical activity (150 min of moderate or 75 min of vigorous exercise per week)
– moderate alcohol consumption (1-2 drinks per week)
– healthy diet (eating the correct amount of at least 4 of the 7 food groups as recommended by the USDA)

So, if feeling great, managing stress, and sleeping well aren’t enough, here’s one more reason to strive towards a healthier lifestyle. Source: https://ift.tt/32nR6BQ

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