DementiaRoadmap

Helping primary care to support people with dementia

Be head strong

March 16 2014

This guidance published by the Alzheimer’s Society contains tips to help people reduce the risk of developing dementia.

Download Be head strong: A guide to help you reduce your risk of developing dementia

Living a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. It may also reduce your risk of developing dementia. By keeping your body healthy – especially your heart – you can help to keep your brain healthy too.

Tips for living a healthy lifestyle to help people reduce the risk of developing dementia include:

  • Get active – try to exercise for 30 minutes at least five times a week.
  • Watch your blood pressure and cholesterol – ask your GP to check your blood pressure and cholesterol regularly. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help keep you within healthy limits.
  • Eat healthily – eat lots of fruit and vegetables and try to limit the number of high-fat, sugary and salty foods you eat.
  • Keep a healthy weight – nearly a quarter of all adults in the UK are obese. Obesity is linked to the development
    of dementia so it’s important to keep in shape.

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