According to science, the best ways to prevent dementia were revealed

Researchers at Peking University in Beijing examined hobby patterns and cases of dementia among 2.1 million people.  The results show that those who engaged in mental tasks such as reading, writing and even watching TV were a quarter less likely to receive a dementia diagnosis.  Meanwhile, staying active reduced the risk by a fifth and socializing with others reduced the likelihood by a tenth.

It has finally been resolved. The best way to protect against dementia is to keep your brain stimulated, a major review suggests.

People who regularly read books, play musical instruments or keep a personal journal have a 23% lower risk of developing the disease.

The analysis of dozens of studies involving 2 million middle-aged and older people also found that physical activity was the best thing for keeping the brain sharp.

It was found that regularly playing sports, doing yoga or dancing had a protective effect of 17%.

And people with vibrant social lives appear to have a 7% lower risk of developing dementia than loners.

Joining a club, volunteering, spending time with friends and families or going to religious events all had a positive effect, the researchers said.

Lead author Professor Lin Lu, from Peking University in Beijing, said: “This meta-analysis suggests that being active has benefits and that there are many activities that are easy to incorporate into daily life that can be beneficial. for the brain.”

Researchers at Peking University in Beijing examined hobby patterns and cases of dementia among 2.1 million people. The results show that those who engaged in mental tasks such as reading, writing and even watching TV were a quarter less likely to receive a dementia diagnosis. Meanwhile, staying active reduced the risk by a fifth and socializing with others reduced the likelihood by a tenth.

People who regularly read books, play musical instruments or keep a personal journal have a 23% lower risk of developing the disease.

People who regularly read books, play musical instruments or keep a personal journal have a 23% lower risk of developing the disease.

Their results were published in the journal Neurology.

WHAT IS DEMENTIA? THE KILLER DISEASE THAT STEALS PARTICIPANTS’ MEMORIES

A GLOBAL CONCERN

Dementia is a general term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders (those affecting the brain) that affect memory, thinking and behaviour.

There are many different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common.

Some people may have a combination of dementia types.

Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience their dementia in their own unique way.

Dementia is a global concern, but it is seen more often in wealthier countries, where people are likely to live to a very old age.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED?

The Alzheimer’s Society reports that there are more than 900,000 people living with dementia in the UK today. It is expected to increase to 1.6 million by 2040.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 50 to 75 percent of people diagnosed.

In the US, there are an estimated 6 million people with Alzheimer’s. A similar percentage increase is expected in the coming years.

As a person’s age increases, so does the risk of developing dementia.

Diagnosis rates are improving, but it is believed that many people with dementia are still undiagnosed.

IS THERE A CURE?

There is currently no cure for dementia.

But new drugs can slow its progression and the earlier it is detected, the more effective the treatments are.

Source: Alzheimer’s Society

Around 900,000 people are thought to be living with dementia in the UK, with rates expected to rise as the population ages.

The number is nearly seven times higher in the United States, with 6.2 million affected by the memory-stealing condition.

There is no cure for the disease, meaning doctors can only prescribe drugs that reduce its symptoms.

Doctors recommend a balanced diet and regular exercise, with evidence showing that both can protect against dementia.

The meta-analysis involved a review of 38 studies from around the world involving 2.1 million people who did not have dementia.

They were between 45 and 93 years old at the start of the study.

The participants were monitored for between three and 44 years. During the study period, 74,700 people developed dementia.

Information about their hobbies was provided through questionnaires or interviews.

Leisure activities were defined as those in which people engaged for enjoyment or well-being.

They were divided into mental, physical and social activities.

Mental activities included reading or writing for pleasure, watching television, listening to the radio, playing games or musical instruments, using a computer, and making things.

Researchers said these hobbies help maintain and improve memory, processing speed, thinking and reasoning skills, preventing mental decline.

But they said the findings on TV viewing were still inconclusive. Previous studies have indicated that people are more likely to develop the disease if they watch a lot of television, because their minds turn off for extended periods.

Physical activities in the studies included walking, running, swimming, cycling, using exercise machines, playing sports, yoga and dancing.

Exercise has been shown to keep the heart healthy and the blood circulating normally.

Heart problems can increase the risk of dementia by cutting off blood flow to the brain, depriving neurons of oxygen and accelerating cell death.

Attending a class, joining a social club, volunteering, visiting family or friends, or attending religious activities were among the most popular social activities in the analysis.

Researchers believe that spending time with other people can protect the brain by increasing social contact and emotional stimulation, while reducing the risk of depression and stress, two risk factors for dementia.

Professor Lu, a neuroscientist at the Chinese university, said: “Previous studies have shown that leisure activities were associated with various health benefits, including a lower risk of cancer, a reduction in atrial fibrillation and a person’s perception of their own well-being.

“However, there is conflicting evidence for the role of leisure activities in preventing dementia. Our research found that leisure activities such as doing crafts, playing sports or volunteering were linked to a reduced risk of dementia”.

He said future studies should include a larger group of people and monitor participants for longer to “reveal more links between leisure activities and dementia.”

The team noted that the findings were based on volunteers reporting their own activities, so there may be some inaccuracies.

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