Verdict Is Still Out on Whether Diets, Exercise and Cognitive-promoting Games Can Help Prevent Dementia, Report Says

Verdict Is Still Out on Whether Diets, Exercise and Cognitive-promoting Games Can Help Prevent Dementia, Report Says
Various studies have contended that diets, supplements, exercise regimens, and games aimed at promoting cognitive function can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. But experts from a respected non-government-affiliated American scientific organization say there isn't enough evidence supporting these approaches to mount a public-education campaign that promotes them. The judgment came from a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Committee members said there is some evidence that exercise, cognitive training and lowering high blood pressure can decrease the risk of dementia. But it is inconclusive, they said. The committee called for providing the public with “accurate information” about the potential impact of these approaches, while awaiting proven ways to prevent dementia. Their report is titled “Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward." “We’re all urgently seeking ways to prevent dementia and cognitive decline with age,” said Dr. Richard J. Hodes, director of the government's National Institute on Aging. “But we must consider the strength of evidence — or lack thereof — in making decisions about personal and public investments in prevention.” The committee based its report largely on another government agency's review of research. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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