What can you do to prevent it and improve your self-care?

As there is no known cause for dementia it is difficult to know how to prevent or avoid it.

However, there are a number of factors which are thought to contribute to its development and progression. 

They are:

  • increasing age
  • a family history of the condition
  • previous severe head injuries
  • lifestyle factors and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease, i.e.
    • high blood pressure
    • smoking
    • high cholesterol
    • diabetes
    • inactivity
    • being overweight or obese
    • having a family history of cardiovascular disease
    • ethnic background
    • gender
    • alcohol consumption
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