Lord Darzi requires lifestyle changes to prevent dementia

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Lord Darzi calls for lifestyle changes to prevent dementia

Former health minister Lord Darzi Labour has called people to adopt a “use it or lose it “attitude toward his brain to protect against dementia.

Writing in The Telegraph, Lord Darzi said that people should act now to change your eating and activity habits and stimulate your mental capacity using puzzles.

“an individual level we need to take care of our brains – sharpen those skills chess, pick up that puzzle and solve that puzzle.” suggests

“Eating a healthy diet, avoid obesity and getting plenty of exercise are very important for brain health because what is good for the heart is also good for the head.”

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comments by former health minister, came as a working group prepared to publish a study that suggests three million cases of dementia could be prevented in Britain in 2040 by changes in lifestyle.

in February, the findings of a major global report on dementia will be presented at the World Innovation Summit for Health in Doha.

The study indicates that more than 80,000 people a year could be saved from dementia by lifestyle changes to protect the brain.

Skip to early action in life could help prevent such degenerative diseases as there is increasing evidence that the deterioration of the brain starts in the 40s

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adopting a healthy diet and exercise could help reduce blood pressure in middle age and therefore protect against dementia.

Type two diabetes, which is also linked to weight gain, it is identified as the second leading cause of neurodegeneration and is responsible for more than one third of cases of dementia.

In addition, 4,000 cases result year from obesity and inactivity -. twice more than those associated with smoking

report a study of 1,200 people aged between 60 and 70 years presented in Finland, half of which changed their diet, managed their heart health, dedicated to the social activity and embarked on the formation of the brain.

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those who have made the changes had better overall health and performed better on tests of memory, planning, judgment, problem solving, and cognitive processing speed.

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