By John Ensor • 25 August 2023 • 14:48
Is it possible to prevent dementia, a new study reveals that there are 11 key factors to consider.
British researchers have pinpointed 11 crucial risk factors that could determine one’s likelihood of developing dementia in the next 14 years. What’s more, many of these factors are modifiable, offering hope for prevention, according to Metro.
The ground-breaking study, led by Oxford University and published in BMJ Mental Health, emphasises the importance of understanding and potentially altering these risk factors. The UK Biobank Dementia Risk Score (UKBDRS) was developed after a comprehensive analysis of these factors, outperforming other global risk scores.
With an estimated 50 million people globally affected by dementia, and numbers set to triple by 2050, the emphasis on these modifiable factors is more crucial than ever. By addressing them it is believed that up to 40 per cent of dementia cases could be averted.
‘The importance of each risk factor varies and given that some of the factors included in the score can be modified or treated, there are things we can all do to help reduce our risk of dementia,’ stated co-author Professor Sana Suri.
‘While older age, 60 and above, and certain genetic factors confer the greatest risk, modifiable factors, such as diabetes, depression, and high blood pressure also play a significant role,’ she added.
Dr Raihaan Patel, the study’s lead author, highlighted the potential of the UKBDRS as an initial screening tool. Those identified as high risk could then benefit from more detailed assessments and interventions.
In conclusion, understanding and addressing the modifiable factors could be the key to reducing the global burden of dementia. Proactive measures and lifestyle changes can make a significant difference in one’s future health.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Share this story
Subscribe to our Euro Weekly News alerts to get the latest stories into your inbox!
By signing up, you will create a Euro Weekly News account if you don't already have one. Review our
Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina.
He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.
When he's not writing for EWN he enjoys gigging in a acoustic duo, looking after their four dogs, four chickens, two cats, and cycling up mountains very slowly.
Download our media pack in either English or Spanish.