Tag Archives: Psychosocial and Lifestyle-Related Risk Factors

Healthy Lifestyles May Partially Help Offset Genetic Risk Factors for Dementia (BBC News / JAMA / Bazian)

Summary Persons in the UK Biobank study were followed over time to discover whether pursuing a healthy lifestyle (not smoking, regular physical activity, healthy diet and moderate alcohol consumption) might be associated with lower risk of developing dementia regardless of predisposing genetic risk factors. Statistically, favourable (“healthy”) lifestyles … Continue reading

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WHO Guidelines on Dementia Prevention (BBC News / WHO)

Summary The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines on the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia. This follows earlier related guidance and consensus statements from other bodies, nationally and internationally, which recommend the adoption of healthy lifestyles for healthier … Continue reading

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No Safe or Protective Level of Alcohol Consumption? (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Light-to-moderate drinking increases blood pressure and the risk of stroke. “I have always been reasonably convinced that moderate alcohol consumption was protective for cardiovascular disease, but now I am having my doubts”. Professor David Spiegelhalter: Winton Professor for the … Continue reading

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Moderate Levels of Alcohol Consumption: An Unequivocal Public Health Message? (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Meta-analysis of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (2016)’s 694 data sources, plus 592 other studies, suggests strongly that alcohol consumption is a leading risk factor for disease burden worldwide. Alcohol consumption may account for … Continue reading

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Heavy Drinking: an Under-Appreciated Dementia Risk Factor? (BBC News / Lancet Public Health)

Summary Research based in France has discovered an association between alcohol use disorders and dementia risk, particularly regarding the risk of developing early-onset dementia (i.e. with onset at an age less than 65 years). Full Text Link Reference Alcohol and … Continue reading

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On the Benefits of Supportive Social Networks (Journal of Alzheimers Disease)

Summary Data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) has been used to demonstrate that positive social support from friends, family etc. is associated statistically with a reduced risk of developing dementia. Conversely, negative social support appears to increase … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Diet Linked to Telomere Length and Healthier (Genetic) Ageing? (BBC News / BMJ)

Summary A Mediterranean diet has been widely reported as being associated with healthy ageing. New research covering 5,000 Boston nurses for over a decade has found that persons consuming a balanced – but largely Mediterranean-style – diet tend to remain … Continue reading

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