Fit over 50 Update — Healthy Lifestyle Curbs Dementia Risk

In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write:

A chapter entitled, “Five Habits to Live Ten Years Longer (or More!),” in which we show five lifestyle habits that dramatically reduce your risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and, most importantly, premature death — thus increase the quantity and quality of your life. Now these five habits have been shown to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzeheimer’s disease.

Fit over 50, Five Habits to Live Ten Years Longer (or More!), pages137-139

According to a report from NBC News:

The key is not any one factor, several studies show, but following a combination of healthy lifestyle habits. And the more healthy habits a person adopts, the lower the risk of cognitive decline.

People who followed four out of five lifestyle behaviors, over a six-year period had a 60 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s dementia when compared to people who practiced only one or none of these habits, according to researchers from Rush University in Chicago.

Here are the five habits to reduce your risk of developing dementia:

  • not smoking
  • exercising at a moderate to vigorous level for at least 150 minutes a week
  • consuming a brain supporting diet
  • light-to-moderate alcohol consumption
  • engaging in late-life cognitive activities

“This reinforces the notion that some of these lifestyle factors may actually affect the trajectory of cognitive aging and the development of dementia,” said Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. “We certainly accept that with heart disease. We need to adopt a similar mindset for cognitive aging.”

We’ ve got tons of simple tips on becoming more highly healthy in our book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. Order Fit over 50 here.

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