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Is dementia preventable?

16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Don't know

There is some evidence that doing different things other than your daily routine can keep our brains growing and making new connections.

In brief: Don't know

There is some evidence that doing different things other than your daily routine can keep our brains growing and making new connections.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Maureen Nash
There is some evidence that exercise decreases risk.
6 doctors agree

In brief: Somewhat, maybe

Recent research strongly suggests that the same factors as in heart disease increase the risk of both ad and vascular dementia.
These include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, excess weight and diabetes. So controlling these by diet, exercise, lifestyle and medication may defer onset and/or slow the course--maybe long enough!

In brief: Somewhat, maybe

Recent research strongly suggests that the same factors as in heart disease increase the risk of both ad and vascular dementia.
These include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, excess weight and diabetes. So controlling these by diet, exercise, lifestyle and medication may defer onset and/or slow the course--maybe long enough!
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
5 doctors agree

In brief: Generally no

There are many different types of dementia but currently the only types that are preventable are illnesses due to head injuries/repeated concussions (ie by not getting hit in the head), avoiding toxic amounts of alcohol and the like.

In brief: Generally no

There are many different types of dementia but currently the only types that are preventable are illnesses due to head injuries/repeated concussions (ie by not getting hit in the head), avoiding toxic amounts of alcohol and the like.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Risk modification

Multiple studies on alzheimer's show that some dietary measures lower risk, and some vitamin supplements also may help, but all of this is complicated by a complex genetic picture which confuses.
The rush-presb-st lukes studies indicate least incidence in socially active, well educated, and exercising clergy. If you have hypertension, homocysteine diabetes, high cholesterol, need to control risk.

In brief: Risk modification

Multiple studies on alzheimer's show that some dietary measures lower risk, and some vitamin supplements also may help, but all of this is complicated by a complex genetic picture which confuses.
The rush-presb-st lukes studies indicate least incidence in socially active, well educated, and exercising clergy. If you have hypertension, homocysteine diabetes, high cholesterol, need to control risk.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Some evidence

Some evidence exists that a healthy lifestyle can delay or prevent dementia: stay active, control blood pressure, control cholesterol, healthy diet, say positive.
Avoid benzodiazepines.

In brief: Some evidence

Some evidence exists that a healthy lifestyle can delay or prevent dementia: stay active, control blood pressure, control cholesterol, healthy diet, say positive.
Avoid benzodiazepines.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Dr. Thomas Heston
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: In some cases

There is some evidence that multi-infarct dementia can be prevented through good blood pressure control, good cholesterol levels, and regular physical activity.
Maybe not entirely preventable, but at least delayed onset.

In brief: In some cases

There is some evidence that multi-infarct dementia can be prevented through good blood pressure control, good cholesterol levels, and regular physical activity.
Maybe not entirely preventable, but at least delayed onset.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Dr. Thomas Heston
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