The one thing you can do to help prevent yourself from getting dementia
More than one-third of dementia cases can potentially be prevented by controlling nine lifestyle factors. That’s the startling conclusion of a report presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London this summer. And the top modifiable risk factor might surprise you.
Some of them, such as smoking, high blood pressure and midlife hearing loss, were not news. What was striking was that midlife hearing loss accounted for 9% of the risk of dementia across global populations — the greatest single factor. (The other modifiable risk factors were low education, midlife obesity, late-life depression, diabetes, physical inactivity and social isolation.)
The good news is that treating the hearing loss may help reverse or slow cognitive decline.