These lifestyle habits can reduce your risk of dementia – The Hill

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  • For the study, more than 501,000 people with an average age of 56 from a British database filled out questionnaires asking how often they engaged in various physical, home and work-related tasks and mental activities, such as social visits.

  • Participants reported their family history of dementia to help researchers narrow down their genetic risk factors, and were then followed up for an average of 11 years.

  • According to the study, all participants, regardless of their family history of dementia, benefited from the protection of physical and mental activities.

A new study shows that both mental and physical activities, including climbing stairs or frequent visits with family and friends, are lifestyle habits that scientists say can reduce the risk of dementia.

“Several studies have identified potential risk factors for dementia, but we wanted to learn more about a wide range of lifestyle habits and their potential role in dementia prevention,” said study author Huan Song of Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.

“Our study found that exercise, housework, and social visits were associated with a reduced risk of developing different types of dementia,” Song added.

For the study, more than 501,000 people with an average age of 56 from a British database filled out questionnaires asking how often they engaged in various physical, home and work-related tasks and mental activities, such as social visits.

Other questions related to participants’ mobility habits, use of electronic devices, and education levels.

Participants reported their family history of dementia to help researchers narrow down their genetic risk factors, and were then followed up for an average of 11 years.

By the end of the study, nearly 5,200 people had developed dementia.

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After adjusting for factors such as age, income and smoking, the team found that most of the mental and physical activities studied were associated with a lower risk of dementia. People who exercised frequently were 35 percent less likely to develop dementia than those who did not exercise regularly.

Participants who engaged in household chores had a 21 percent lower risk than those who did not, and those who made daily visits with family and friends had a 15 percent lower risk.

According to the study, all participants, regardless of their family history of dementia, benefited from the protection of physical and mental activities.

The researchers note that study limitations could be linked to self-reported activity levels, which could lead to inaccurate reports.

“Our study found that by engaging more frequently in healthy physical and mental activities, people may reduce their risk of developing dementia,” Song said. More research is needed to confirm our findings. However, our results are encouraging because making these simple lifestyle changes may be beneficial.”

Posted on July 28, 2022

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