Following four out of five golden rules for healthy living lowers the risk of developing dementia by more than a third, a study has found. Analysis by Age UK suggested that lifestyle was responsible for 76 percent of changes in the brain and that people could go some way to avoiding the disease by adopting or quitting certain habits. Taking regular physical exercise, eating a Mediterranean diet, not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation were all found to decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. In addition, preventing and treating diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity was also found to reduce the risk. But while heavy drinking was linked to dementia, drinking moderate levels of alcohol was found to be beneficial. The researchers warned that women who are slim should not avoid exercise as it is important to remain active. Studies suggest that exercise three to five times a week for between 30 minutes and an hour is beneficial.

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