British Scientists Reveal 12 Risk Factors for Dementia
In the UK, doctors advised people of all ages to take good care of their brains to reduce their risk of dementia when explaining their risk factors.
The new application, which was prepared as a result of research by the Alzheimer's Research Foundation in England, includes many suggestions on mental clarity, mobility and social relationships.
For example; In order not to break away from social relations, it is among the recommendations to have ear examinations in the 40s and 50s regularly and to prevent hearing problems in a timely manner.
However, most cases of dementia cannot be prevented by such means. Early diagnosis and advanced treatments are still vital in this regard.
Research Identified 12 Risk Factors Associated with Dementia
Progression of memory loss, confusion and communication problems can be stopped in 4 out of 10 people if necessary changes are made.
Based on these risk factors, smoking cessation, reducing the amount of alcohol, regular exercise and activities that will keep the brain alive are recommended.
Brain health testing can be done by anyone who wants to reduce their personal risk of dementia, according to recent research.
However, experts specifically target the 40-50 age group because they think this is an important window of opportunity in terms of protecting brain health.
The foundation's chief physician, Professor Jonathan Schott, says the app will "give people practical and easy ways to take action and reduce the risk of dementia." Professor Schott also says that only one-third of people know that it is possible to reduce their risk of dementia, and that this needs to change.
Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia in terms of reduced brain function, affecting the health of around 1 million people in the UK and 55 million people worldwide. These numbers are expected to increase rapidly in the coming years, as more people live longer and therefore the number of people in the risk group increases.
Sarah Bauermeister, a dementia expert from Dementia Platforms in the UK, reminds us that many studies have concluded that there is an association between hearing problems and the risk of dementia:
"Exactly why this is the case is not clear, but while they have trouble understanding speech, they can't focus on using their other senses and their world is getting smaller."
For this reason, she says it would be beneficial to have her ears checked frequently and to use hearing aids when necessary.