Stave off dementia with a healthy lifestyle, advises WHO

To reduce dementia risk eating well and exercising do more than puzzles and pills

Dementia is a persistent impairment of mental process marked by memory disorder, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.

Dementia results from a variety of diseases and injuries that primarily or secondarily affect the brain, such as Alzheimer's disease or stroke.

Getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels are the new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

"In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple", WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement, stressing that "we need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia".

Dementia affects around 50 million people globally, with almost 10 million new cases annually - a figure that is set to triple by 2050, while the cost of caring for dementia patients is expected to hit $2 trillion by 2030, WHO Assistant Director General Ren Minghui wrote in the report.

Up to one-third of the world's dementia cases could be prevented by addressing factors such as education, hypertension, diet, hearing loss and depression over the course of a person's lifetime, according to a new report, July 19, 2017.

The total number of people with dementia is projected to reach 82 million in 2030 and 152 million in 2050.

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There are almost 10 million new cases every year. The disease is a major cause of disability and dependency among older people and "can devastate the lives of affected individuals, their carers and families", the organization said.

It is a rapidly growing public health problem affecting around 50 million people globally.

The agency said its new recommendations could provide the key to delaying or slowing cognitive decline or dementia.

The WHO says that, although there is not a strong evidence base to suggest that such interventions will preserve cognition, they do encourage a lifestyle that is known to be good for overall health.

"People should be looking for these nutrients through food. not through supplements", Carrillo agreed.

Currently, iSupport is available for use in eight countries, with more expected to follow in the future. 14 May 2019. Adopting a healthy lifestyle helps reduce the risk of dementia. At the same time, "we do know that there are some risk factor for dementia that we can actually modify", Dr. Neerja Chowdhary of WHO's mental health and substance abuse division, told reporters in Geneva. Risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia.

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