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The seven dementia risk factors: How many are you aware of?

07/02/2019

The seven dementia risk factors: How many are you aware of?

A new study has revealed that half of UK adults cannot name a single dementia risk factor. If asked, how many could you name?


The study by Alzheimer's Research UK found that just 1% of UK adults could name the seven known dementia risk or protective factors. Heavy drinking, smoking, genetics, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes are the six dementia risk factors, while physical exercise is a protective factor.


According to the study, more than half of UK adults know someone with dementia, yet only half also recognised that the disease is a cause of death. Furthermore, a fifth of people quizzed for the report incorrectly said that dementia is an inevitable part of getting old.


Right now, there are more than 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia and that number is expected to top one million by 2025.


Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for around two-thirds of all cases.


Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “It is a sad truth that more people are affected by dementia than ever before and half of us now know someone with the condition. Yet despite growing dementia awareness, we must work harder to improve understanding of the diseases that cause it.”


You can read the full Alzheimer’s Research UK report here: https://www.dementiastatistics.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Dementia-Attitudes-Monitor-Wave-1-Report.pdf#zoom=100

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