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Lifestyle is responsible for more than three quarters of changes in the brain, UK research suggests

By Rosa Silverman


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6:00AM GMT 15 Dec 2014

Following four out of five golden rules for healthy living lowers the risk of developing dementia by more than a third, a study has found.

A recent analysis by Age in the UK suggested that lifestyle was responsible for 76% of changes in the brain and that people could go a long way to avoiding brain disease and dementia by adopting or quitting certain habits.

Taking regular physical exercise, eating a Mediterranean diet, not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation were all found to decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

In addition, preventing and treating diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity was also found to reduce the risk.

But while drinking moderate levels of alcohol was found to be beneficial in the pre-symptomatic stage for some heavier drinking was linked to increased risk for dementia.