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15 December 2014 - The Guardian - Five lifestyle factors are key to cutting risk of dementia, says charity

Caroline Davies

Age UK says exercise and diet help lessen Alzheimer’s risk and healthy activities may cut threat of dementia by 36%

Lifestyle is responsible for up to 76% of changes in the ageing of the brain, according to Age UK, with key lifestyle changes having the potential to reduce the risk of developing dementia by as much as 36%.

Five actions that people can take to maintain brain health include regular physical exercise, a Mediterranean diet, not smoking, drinking in moderation and preventing diabetes, according to an evidence review by the charity.