Most people thought that living a healthy lifestyle would be good for their weight loss effort, and while they are right, they might not be aware that it could also prevent dementia. You heard that right, living a healthy lifestyle now ensures that you won’t have dementia as you grow older.
According to the new study done by the Charity Alzheimer’s Research UK, around a quarter of adults in the UK knew that simple lifestyle changes can affect their chance of developing the debilitating condition. The survey was done to raise awareness of how the disease won’t affect you if you have a healthy lifestyle.
What is a healthy lifestyle?
Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, drinking moderately, not smoking, and maintaining weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels all help to lower the risk of dementia. The survey also showed that those who were informed were thinking of changing their lifestyle to improve their health.
Alzheimer’s Research UK chief executive Hilary Evans noted that there are no sure way to prevent dementia now, but getting inform and taking actions could lower the risk of dementia. The research also implies that what is good for the heart could also be good for the head. And since the world has seen the increased of people suffering from dementia in years, it is only vital that the world should know about the study.
Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said: ”Developing dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing. Making better choices today can have a huge influence on our health and can reduce our risk of living with dementia later down the line.“
Professor Alistair Burns – national clinical director for dementia at NHS England, says the public is not yet fully aware of the disease. More study is needed, so that the people would know more about the disease. It would help lots of people to stay away from things that would heighten the risk factor of having dementia as they grow older.
The survey is done after the MIND (Mediterranean-Dash Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) study. The said study is a combination of foods eaten in Southern Europe and those believed to cut the risk of high blood pressure.
The MIND dieters need to eat three serving of whole grains, a salad and one other vegetable every day, as well drinking a glass of wine.