New Delhi: With about 44 million people living with dementia, and figures expected to go up to 135 million by 2050, health experts worldwide are urging people to focus on healthy lifestyle changes to prevent the cognitive decline.
Dementia is not a specific disease, but a set of signs and symptoms of chronic nature resulting in reduced cognitive function in older people affecting memory and social abilities severely enough to interfere with their daily activities.
Health experts have expressed concern over the high level of anti-psychotic drug prescription by medical practitioners worldwide, the benefits of which are often grossly exaggerated and the need for adopting a healthy lifestyle.
According to a recent study, regular exercise, not smoking, a healthy diet, having a low alcohol intake and maintaining a low body weight slashes the risk of dementia and cognitive decline by at least 60 percent.
Since there is no cure to dementia, the only way to reduce the risk is by incorporating healthy lifestyle changes into your daily routine.
Here are the five lifestyle changes that can help prevent onset and progress of dementia:
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