AAIC 2020: targeting these 12 risk factors could delay or prevent 40% of dementia cases

Written by Sharon Salt, Senior Editor

According to an update from The Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, intervention and care, modifying 12 risk factors for dementia over the life course could delay or prevent 40% of cases. This update was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (27–31 July 2020). Three new risk factors have been added that include: excessive alcohol intake (more than 21 units per week) in midlife, head injuries in midlife and exposure to air pollution in later life. Collectively, these new risk factors are associated with 6% of all dementia cases – 1% of estimated cases are attributable to excessive alcohol consumption,...

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