As the exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is still unknown, there's no certain way to prevent the condition. But a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk.
Reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease
- stopping smoking
- keeping alcohol to a minimum
- eating a healthy, balanced diet, including at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day
- exercising for at least 150 minutes every week by doing moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as cycling or fast walking), or as much as you're able to
- making sure your blood pressure is checked and controlled through regular health tests
- if you have diabetes, make sure you keep to the diet and take your medication
Other risk factors for dementia
The latest research suggests that other factors are also important, although this does not mean these factors are directly responsible for causing dementia.
- hearing loss
- untreated depression (although this can also be a symptom of dementia)
- loneliness or social isolation
- a sedentary lifestyle
The research concluded that by modifying all the risk factors we're able to change, our risk of dementia could be significantly reduced.
Page last reviewed: 10 May 2018
Next review due: 10 May 2021