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12 risk factors key to preventing nearly half of dementia cases, report says

By | Leslie Young |

Up to 40 per cent of the world’s dementia cases are linked to a handful of risk factors – and tackling these could prevent or delay the onset of this debilitating condition, a new report has found.

The report, the second by the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care, found that just a dozen risk factors account for a huge percentage of dementia cases. The authors reviewed existing research on dementia and came up with recommendations to reduce and delay cases worldwide.

“This article is pointing out that there’s a huge potential to make an impact on the numbers, the costs and the occurrence in society,” said Dr. Howard Chertkow, scientific director of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging and senior scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute.

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