Lifestyle interventions lower risks for stroke and dementias

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May 2 2017 - 8:55pm
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Researchers say stroke prevention may also decrease the risk of some dementias and this can be accomplished with lifestyle changes.

It is devastating when someone you are close to experiences dementia in their old age. In efforts to try to prevent dementia from setting in during old age it's a good idea to try to prevent stroke according to researchers.

There are many factors which can naturally lower risk for stroke such as sleeping well and consuming extra magnesium. Dementia risk can be overall decreased with healthy lifestyle changes.

By meeting with success in beating the risks of stroke many dementias can be prevented

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The University of Western Ontario reports that the risk of some dementias can be lowered via stroke prevention. Study author Joshua Cerasuolo, who is a PhD candidate in epidemiology and biostatistics, says that by meeting with success in beating the risks of stroke many dementias can be prevented. Considerations in fighting of stroke include a healthy diet, regular exercise, and avoiding tobacco.

We can lower our risks for both stroke and some dementias with healthy lifestyle changes

Dr. Vladimir Hachinski, who is a clinical neuroscientist, says we can lower our risks for both stroke and some dementias with healthy lifestyle changes. He describes this as being a very powerful "one-two punch". It is his firm position that any studies which look at stroke prevention should also consider dementia prevention.

The cause of most strokes is restriction or constriction of blood which flows to the brain. Vascular dementia is also seen as blood supply to the brain is decreased. Hachinski says someone who has suffered a stroke is two times as likely to get dementia. It seems clear to Hachinski that specific definitive steps can be taken to lower our chances of dementia which is associated with vascular disease.

This study has been published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia. It seems that successful prevention of stroke targets risk factors which are shared with dementia. Adhering to a healthy lifestyle can therefore cut your risks of stroke and dementia.

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