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Dementia Awareness Week: Reducing the risk

Dementia affects nearly 50 million people across the world. Credit: Peter Kneffel/DPA/PA Images

Dementia affects nearly 50 million people across the world, but that figure is expected to rise in the next ten years to 75 million and to 150 million by 2050.

There is currently no cure, though the World Health Organisation has published new guidelines on how to avoid developing dementia.

This week charities across the country are raising awareness about the disease as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

People can reduce their risk of dementia by:

  • Getting regular exercise
  • Not smoking
  • Avoiding harmful use of alcohol
  • Controlling weight
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Maintaining healthy blood pressure
  • Monitoring cholesterol and blood sugar levels

That is according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple. We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia.

The scientific evidence gathered for these guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time, that what is good for our heart, is also good for our brain.

– WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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