Healthy Lifestyle Choices May Lower Risk of Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Dementia, Research Shows

Healthy Lifestyle Choices May Lower Risk of Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Dementia, Research Shows
Healthy lifestyle choices — maintaining an active mind, a nutritious diet, and regular exercise — may help protect against cognitive decline and dementia, new research shows. Moreover, cigarette smoking and alcohol abuse seem to be associated with cognitive impairment and increased dementia risk. These are the main findings of five studies presented at The Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2019, held in Los Angeles from July 14–18. “While there is no proven cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s, a large body of research now strongly suggests that combining healthy habits promotes good brain health and reduces your risk of cognitive decline,” Maria C. Carrillo, PhD, Alzheimer’s Association chief science officer, said in a press release. This research “gives us attainable, actionable recommendations that can help us all live a healthier life,” Carrillo added. In the study, “Impact of Healthy Lifestyle Factors on the Risk of Alzheimer's Dementia; Findings from Two Prospective Cohort Studies,” researchers assessed the impact of five lifestyle choices — healthy diet, physical activity, no smoking, moderate alcohol intake, and maintaining an intellectually active lifestyle — on reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. Subjects included in the analysis participated in two studies, the Chicago Health and Aging Project (CHAP) and the Rush Memory and Aging Project (MAP), and were followed for a median of 9.1 years in CHAP and six years in MAP. At follow-up, 20.5% participants in the CHAP study and 2
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