Washington: Do you think you are in good health? Then, your risk of developing dementia is very lower, scientists say. A team of researchers at the University of Bordeaux, in France found that people who rated their health as poor or fair were significantly more likely to develop dementia laterin life than those who reported being in good health. The link was strongest among people who did not have any cognitive problems, where those who rated their health as poor were nearly twice as likely to develop dementia as those who rated their health as good, the researchers said. "Having people rate their own health may be a simple tool for doctors to determine a person`s dementia risk, especially for people with no symptoms or memory problems," study author Christophe Tzourio was quoted as saying by LiveScience. At the start of the study, published in the journal Neurology, more than 8,000 people aged 65 years or older were asked to rate their health, and over the next seven years, 618 of them developed dementia.
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