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Going to college can reduce your risk of developing dementia: Study

Prevent your risk of developing dementia by working hard towards getting that college degree!

Written by Agencies |Updated : February 29, 2016 9:56 AM IST

By studying and keeping your mind occupied in working towards your college degree can go a long way in reducing your risk of developing dementia. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that studying at least till college, making appropriate changes in your lifestyle by improving your physical health could eventually help delay the development of dementia or prevent it altogether. Did you know, people who drive are at lower risk of dementia?

Till date, the exact cause of dementia still remains remains elusive for medical researchers. Read: Scientists find a new way to reverse dementia. However, this new study by doctors has found that people, who stay in education until at least 18, are more likely to delay the disease later in life. This is because people start losing their memory three years before dementia takes hold.

Alzheimer's Society chief Dr Doug Brown said that this report suggests people with the APOE-E4 gene, which increases the chances of Alzheimer's, seem to have better brain health if they keep their minds active throughout their lives. Do you often forget things? It could be a sign of dementia.

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Dr. Simon Ridley of Alzheimer's Research UK added that as none of the volunteers in the study had symptoms, it's hard to make conclusions about the long-term impact of these factors on dementia risk. Another way to prevent dementia, is to control your blood sugar levels.

Source: ANI News

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