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Body Talk 19/5/19

Dementia is a very serious problem that many of us will face in the future and many are facing right now. There is no apparent cure on the horizon, but there are constant updates on how we may be able to delay the onset.

A World Health Organisation Report has some good advice that we should all follow if we wish to remain healthy into our older years and exercise is very important, as is a healthy diet and keep alcohol intake to a minimum.

It doesn’t have to be an inevitable consequence of ageing. Research shows that people who take good care of themselves lower their chances of getting the disease. Scientists say the report clarifies what they already knew, and while age is the strongest risk factor there still needs to be more research into medicine.

Only one in 3 people realise they can do anything to reduce their risk, so the word needs to be spread. It does need to be taken into account that there will be some people who will be susceptible to the disease even though they have taken the proper precautions, this is probably due to genetic predisposition. Whilst we can’t change our genes, taking the right lifestyle choices can delay the onset.

If people around the world make the necessary lifestyle changes, it will significantly reduce the amount of dementia patients according to this latest WHO report.

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