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What Increases Dementia Risk?

August 27, 2021

From the U.S. News & World Report website

The possibility of future dementia isn’t just a matter of fate. Modifiable dementia risk factors are those that can be reduced – and for which you can make positive changes to stave off mental decline in your own life. 

It’s not too surprising that boxing careers or decades of heavy drinking raise the likelihood of developing dementia. But hearing loss in middle age, social isolation and even air pollution are significant contributors, too. 

Genetics and dementia family history are beyond your control, and other influences are too complex to confront on an individual level. Social determinants of health, environmental factors and widespread health inequities represent larger challenges for change. 

Even so, you can help yourself by incorporating health and lifestyle practices that mitigate against known dementia risk factors now.

From → Health & Safety

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