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Combination Of Five Lifestyle Habits May Reduce Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease By 60%, Research Indicates

The Washington Post (7/14, Natanson) reports researchers “found that combining five lifestyle habits…can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 60 percent.” The researchers “assessed study participants’ lifestyles on five metrics: their diet, their exercise regimen, whether they smoked, their alcohol consumption and their ‘engagement in cognitive stimulation activities,’” and they found that those who “pursued four or five healthy behaviors” over the study period “were 60 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s” than those who pursued one or none of the behaviors. The findings were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

The AP (7/14, Marchione) reports the findings were also published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers also found that “a healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia even if you have genes that raise your risk for these mind-destroying diseases.”

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