1/3 Of Dementia Cases Can Be Prevented

by Min Chin

September 17, 2017 at 2:26 PM


A new study published by the medical journal Lancet, found that one-third of dementia worldwide could potentially be prevented through lifestyle management of 9 risk factors, starting at an early age.

Globally about 47 million people are living with dementia. By 2050 that number is projected to triple as the world gets older. In 2015 the healthcare cost of dementia was an estimated $818 billion and there is no drug treatment to cure dementia.

Early Life

Reduction in dementia rates were showin in people who stayed in school until atleast the age of 15.

  • Maximize Education

Middle Age

  • Treat Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Hearing Loss

Later Life

About 35% of dementia cases are attributable to these factors.

  • Manage Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Loneliness

Source

  • "Dementia prevention, intervention and care." Gill Livingston MD, The Lancet, July 2017