Getting the recommended amount of sleep, daily exercise, eating a healthy diet, and resisting alcohol and tobacco are among the seven identified lifestyle alterations those with diabetes should take to decrease their risk of developing dementia.
Older adults who spend their free time embarking on intellectually stimulating activities, such as reading, writing, or making crafts, have a 23% lower risk of developing dementia. Additionally, those who exercise and spend time socializing with family or friends also have a significantly decreased risk of dementia.
Consuming a diet rich in ultra-processed foods like chips, cookies, deep-fried foods, and salty snacks were associated with a higher risk of developing dementia.
The study reveals that performing household chores, exercising, and social interactions significantly reduce the risk of dementia.
Greater physical activity was associated with greater thinking speed reserve in women, but not men. Taking part in mental activities was associated with greater thinking speed reserve in both men and women.
Older adults who suffer from hypothyroidism are at increased risk of developing dementia. The risk is even higher in those who require thyroid hormone replacement therapy to treat their condition.
Despite speculation that inflammation associated with the shingles virus can increase dementia risk, researchers found little evidence to substantiate the claim.