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WHAT CHANGES CAN YOU MAKE TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Genetics and poor lifestyle choices are known to be associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, a recent NIH consensus conference concluded.  Redonda Miller, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, says the conference also identified factors to decrease your risk.

MILLER: Observational data show that a decreased risk may be present if you have adequate folate intake, a diet low in saturated fat, statin use, moderate alcohol consumption, I’m sort of reiterating cardiac risk factors if you’ll notice, which makes me question the whole diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, are we calling vascular dementia Alzheimer’s in some cases? And then some evidence to suggest cognitive activity and cognitive engagement may be of protection.   :30

Miller says for most people, more than one factor is required to bring about the development of frank Alzheimer’s disease, and the good news is, many of them are avoidable.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey..


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