Our risk of developing dementia doubles every five years after we turn 65, but what many of us don’t realise is that the disease often starts in middle age. The tangles and plaques of protein that do the damage in the most common form of dementia begin to develop 10-20 years before those classic symptoms of confusion and memory loss begin.
While factors such as age and genetics are hard to avoid, a study carried out in December suggests that we might have an element of control. The study asked 2,000 men aged 45-49 to stick to a number of healthy lifestyle rules, and those who did slashed their risk by 60%.
As of yet there is not enough research to establish a lifestyle ‘recipe’ as such, however the following measures have been shown to help minimise risk:
1. Get checks for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes
Those who have untreated conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol have been...