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According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, there is one new case of dementia every 3.2 seconds.
That’s one more person forced to suffer as their memories and independence are slowly destroyed in the time it took you to read a single line of this article.
And while most of us might worry about becoming another dementia statistic if one of our family members has lived with the disease, a new study has revealed there’s a far greater risk out there than genetics — one that’s made up of a combination of three common health conditions…
A far worse dementia danger than genetic risk
The study, published in The Lancet Healthy Longevity, delved into the data of more than 200,000 people over the age of 60. Specifically, the researchers set out to determine how three cardiometabolic conditions play into your chances of developing dementia.
The three conditions they identified as cause for concern?
Diabetes, stroke and heart attack, or any combination of the three.
And what they found was frightening.
The researchers determined that while any of the three conditions make it more likely a person will be diagnosed with dementia, the more you have, the higher your risk.
And having all three makes it a whopping three times more likely you’ll develop dementia than someone with a high genetic risk.
In fact, brain imaging of over 12,000 participants showed that people with more than one cardiometabolic condition suffered from widespread damage across the brain. On the other hand, people with a high genetic risk only experienced deterioration in specific parts of the brain.
Yup, living with cardiometabolic issues outweighs a family history of the disease — by far.
When asked about the results of the study, senior author, Professor David Llewellyn, had this to say: “Many studies look at the risk of a single condition in relation to dementia, but health is more complex than that. We know that many patients actually have a range of conditions. Our study tells us that for people who have a diagnosis of diabetes, stroke or a heart attack, it is particularly important to look after their health and ensure they are on the right treatment, to prevent further problems as well as to reduce their dementia risk.”
Look to your overall health to save your brain
Based on these results, Dr. Sara Imarisio, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, offers this advice: “The evidence is clear that what’s good for your heart is also good for your head. A person’s risk of developing dementia is a complex mix of their age, their genes, and aspects of their lifestyle.”
Therefore, to keep your brain sharp and healthy no matter what your age, you should focus on your overall health, particularly that of your heart.
This includes exercising, eating a healthy diet and doing everything possible to ensure your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels stay in the green zone.
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Multiple heart-related conditions linked to triple dementia risk, regardless of genetics – EurekAlert!Dementia Statistics – Alzheimer’s Disease International