Dementia is one of the most feared diseases by aging adults, defined as a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.

Treatments can vary, but currently, it remains a crippling problem that slowly destroys a person’s ability to live a normal life. A new review of the latest research, concludes that 33% of the dementia cases can be avoided if nine key risk factors are avoided earlier in life.

At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London, these nine factors all contribute to the onset of dementia.

  • Mid-life hearing loss (9 percent of the risk)
  • Not completing secondary-level/high school education (8 percent)
  • Smoking (5 percent)
  • Not seeking treatment for depression in youth (4 percent)
  • Physical inactivity (3 percent)
  • Social isolation (2 percent)
  • High blood pressure (2 percent)
  • Obesity (1 percent)
  • Type 2 diabetes – the more common variant linked to obesity (1 percent)

Although dementia begins to become symptomatic in later life, these exacerbating factors gradually weaken the brain’s network and pave the way for the syndrome decades earlier.

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