We are what we eat – a popular statement, which seems fit to describe the growing cases of health problems across the globe. Our diet plays a crucial role
for our health and well-being. And this doesn’t just include keeping a check on weight issues, digestion, obesity, diabetes or heart health, but as well as brain power and mental health. According to a Lancet study, managing one’s lifestyle factors including smoking, hypertension and depression could prevent one-third of the world’s dementia cases.
The findings showed that better management of nine risk factors (that included smoking, hypertension and depression) in early, mid- and late life could reduce the increased likelihood of developing dementia in about 35 per cent cases.
“The potential magnitude of the effect on dementia of reducing these risk factors is larger than we could ever imagine the effect that current, experimental medications could have,” said Lon Schneider, Professor at the University of Southern California.
“Mitigating risk factors provides us a powerful way to reduce the global burden of dementia,” Schneider added.
By increasing education in early life and addressing hearing loss, hypertension and obesity in midlife, the incidence of dementia could be reduced by as much as 20 per cent. In late life, stopping smoking, treating depression, increasing physical activity, increasing social contact and managing diabetes could reduce the incidence of dementia by another 15 per cent, the researchers said.