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• Control cholesterol problems and high blood pressure – Cholesterol problems and high blood pressure can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke, which researchers say may contribute to the development of certain types of dementia.
• Don’t smoke – Studies reveal that heavy smoking during middle age can double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia two decades later.
• Don’t drink excessively – Heavy drinking (more than three to five drinks per day) is associated with a higher risk of dementia and cognitive impairment. Moderate drinkers are 23 percent less likely to develop dementia (moderate means two drinks/day for men, 1 drink/day for women).
• Exercise regularly – Regular physical activity is believed to help maintain blood flow to the brain and reduce your risk of high blood pressure, often associated with the development of dementia.
• Eat a healthy diet – Those who eat plenty of vegetables and fatty fish and keep away from saturated fats are thought to have a lower risk of cognitive decline.


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