Health News: Know Your Risk Factors, Help Prevent Dementia

Research shows that managing and treating vascular disease risk factors are not only beneficial for preventing heart disease and stroke, but also common forms of dementia.

Gustavo C. Roman, MD, director of the Nantz National Alzheimer Center at the Methodist Neurological Institute in Houston, summed up decades of dementia-related research in a review paper in Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders. Roman said that focusing on hypertension, smoking, diabetes, diet, and exercise can go a long way to helping reduce the risk of vascular dementia and mixed dementia. By 2050, 11 to 16 million Americans will suffer some form of dementia.