Skip to comments.To cut dementia risk, head for a party
Posted on 01/20/2009 9:38:34 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins
LONDON: Keeping a full social calendar may help protect you from dementia, researchers said on Monday. Socially active people who were not easily stressed had a 50% lower risk of developing dementia compared with men and women who were isolated and prone to distress, they reported.
Previous studies have shown that chronic distress can affect parts of the brain, such as the hippocampus, possibly leading to dementia, lead researcher Hui-Xin Wang of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden said. But our findings suggest that having a calm and outgoing personality in combination with a socially active lifestyle may decrease the risk of developing dementia even further.
An estimated 24 million people worldwide have the memory loss, problems with orientation and other symptoms that signal Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia. Researchers believe the number of people with dementia may quadruple by 2040, underlining the importance of better understanding the condition.
The Swedish study involved 506 elderly people who did not have dementia when first examined. The volunteers were given questionnaires about their lifestyles and then tracked for six years. The study found that more socially active and less stressed men and women 50% less likely to be diagnosed with the condition.
The good news is, lifestyle factors can be modified as opposed to genetic factors which cannot be controlled, Wang said. But these are early results, so how exactly mental attitude influences risk for dementia is not clear.
Gretchen Wilson understands this....(chuckle)
‘You know I’m here for the party...”
But if you are already suffering from dementia, the democrat party welcomes you with open arms.
“Please party, and stay drunk, so you don’t notice that your government has turned you into a slave. Thank you.”
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