A new study conducted by the San Francisco VA Medical Center suggests that if people make some key lifestyle changes, then the risk of Alzheimer's diesase can greatly diminish. Some of the biggest risk factors include low education, smoking, physical inactivity and depression. All of which are modifiable factors.
"What's exciting is that this suggests that some very simple lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity and quitting smoking, could have a tremendous impact on preventing Alzheimer's and other dementias in the United States and worldwide," said Deborah Barnes, the lead researcher of the study.
Barnes added that the necessary factor that the team needs to conclude now is if getting rid of the risk factors, deters the risk for the disease. If they can determine that Alzheimer's is preventable through certain precautions, this could drastically change the future of aging. The disease is expected to affect triple the amount of people it does now in the next 40 years, both individuals who are suffering and those who are providing Alzheimer's care.