Healthy living 'can reduce dementia risk'

Over 50s looking to reduce the risk posed by dementia have been advised that a healthy lifestyle can improve their prospects for long-term mental health.

Research published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry has revealed that those who smoke, have high blood pressure or diabetes in middle age are far more likely to suffer from dementia when they grow older.

Dr Susanne Sorensen, head of research at the Alzheimer's Society, suggested that the "well-reviewed, well-published" data provides a clear indicator to over 50s on how best to limit their susceptibility to the condition.

She said: "You can reduce your risk of getting dementia through maintaining a normal weight, low cholesterol and low blood pressure in mid-life. I think that is well documented now."

In addition, Dr Sorenson stated that mental activities such as crosswords and Sudoku could also contribute to maintaining mental health and delaying the onset of degenerative conditions.

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