A new study conducted by a group of Canadian researchers suggests that maintaining a healthy body can go a long way in reducing the risk of dementia in later life.
Researchers led by Kenneth Rockwood, of Dailhousie University in Halifax, identified over 19 different health problems such as arthritis and various skin problems which increase the risk of a person suffering from Alzheimer's disease later in life.
AdvertisementThe researchers used data from the Canadian Study of Health and Aging which involved more than 7,200 people and found that health problems such as arthritis, chest disease, hearing or vision problems, skin or bladder complaints, sinus issues or even having trouble with dentures increased the risk of dementia by 3.2 percent for every problem.
Writing in the report, which has been published in the journal Neurology, Rockwood said, "Our study suggests that rather than just paying attention to already known risk factors for dementia, such as diabetes or heart disease, keeping up with your general health may help reduce the risk for dementia."
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