7 Health Metrics That May Lower Your Risk of Dementia

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BOSTON — A good score on seven health indicators could lower your risk of dementia, and physical activity is one of them.

Researchers at the University of Mississippi studied more than 10,000 Americans and found that seven measures called the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 were associated with the risk of dementia later in life.

Areas include physical activity, diet, obesity, smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Scoring better in these areas in midlife was associated with a lower risk of dementia as they aged, even in people at high genetic risk.

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