Does eliminating specific risk factors reduce the likelihood of dementia?

From: BMJ

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Partcipants
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Participants/situation

  • 1,433 people aged over 65.

Study

  • A neurologist examined all participants at commencement and at two, four, and seven year follow-up by using a standardised interview involving cognitive testing to identify both dementia and mild cognitive impairment.

Results

  • Increasing intelligence, fruit and vegetable consumption, and eliminating depression and diabetes are likely to have the biggest impact on reducing the incidence of dementia.

Answer

  • Yes (with confidence) – see results for details

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Editors Notes

  • The researchers predicted increases in dementia of 100% in developed countries between 2001 and 2020, and of 300% in China, India, and neighbouring south Asian and western Pacific countries.

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