Professor of the Practice of Law University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Habits to Lower Dementia Risk

The Life’s Simple 7 habits of the American Heart Association have been linked to lowering the risk of dementia in populations with both low and high genetic risk:

  1. Stay Active
  2. Eat Healthfully
  3. Reduce Sugar
  4. Don’t Smoke
  5. Maintain Healthy Weight,
  6. Manage Blood Pressure, and
  7. Control Cholesterol.

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables also lowers the risk of dementia because the antioxidants they contain help protect the brain from oxidative stress.  Good choices include blueberries, kale, spinach, broccoli, oranges, and papaya. 

Takeaway:  Habits that are good for your heart are also helpful in lowering your risk of dementia.

Well-being is a journey, not a quick fix

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Sources

Neuroscience News, Seven Healthy Habits Linked to Lower Risk of Dementia in Those with Genetic Risk, May 25, 2022, Seven Healthy Habits Linked to Lower Risk of Dementia in Those With Genetic Risk – Neuroscience News.

Neuroscience News, Regular Blueberry Consumption May Reduce Risk of Dementia, May 11, 2022, Regular Blueberry Consumption May Reduce Risk of Dementia – Neuroscience News

Neuroscience News, Higher Antioxidant Levels Linked to Lower Dementia Risk, May 5, 2022, Higher Antioxidant Levels Linked to Lower Dementia Risk – Neuroscience News.

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