Dementia risk linked to healthy lifestyle

The study of nearly 200,000 people showed the risk fell by up to a third.

The team at the University of Exeter said the results were exciting, empowering and showed people were not doomed to get dementia.

The findings were revealed at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference.

What counts as a healthy lifestyle?

The researchers gave people a healthy lifestyle score based on a combination of exercise, diet, alcohol and smoking.

This is an example of someone who scored well:

'Dementia link to sudden low blood pressure and dizziness'

Writing in Plos Medicine they suggest that less blood reaches the brain during these moments, leading to brain cell damage over time.

Dementia experts say this is a "robust study" and "plausible explanation" that needs further investigation.

Charities point out that factors such as smoking carry higher risks.

But they say the work adds to growing evidence that changes in blood pressure have an impact on the brain.



Previous studies have linked high blood pressure to types of dementia.


Carpool karaoke star Ted, 80, lands record deal

Former Butlin's Redcoat Ted McDermott, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2013, spent decades entertaining people.

Decca Records signed him up after videos of his carpool karaoke were watched 40 million times on YouTube.

His son Simon McDermott, 40, said it was "a dream come true".

His father has recorded "You Make Me Feel So Young", with "Quando Quando Quando" on the B-side, and proceeds of its sale will go to the Alzheimer's Society and the McDermott family.

Dementia vaccine may be just years away, Flinders University researcher believes

Researchers from South Australia's Flinders University have been working with US counterparts at the Institute of Molecular Medicine and University of California to develop the vaccine, which targets proteins in the brain that block neurons.

According to Alzheimer's Australia there are more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia and without a medical breakthrough that number is expected to rise to almost 900,000 by 2050.

Getting Forgetful Could Be Sign of Dementia

The University of California study said women who reported problems with their memory were 70 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia decades later, Daily Mail reported.