Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, has no cure and forecasts estimate cases will rise to 139 million by 2050 – but there are advances in mitigating its onset, such as avoiding obesity and diabetes. Photo: Shutterstock Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, has no cure and forecasts estimate cases will rise to 139 million by 2050 – but there are advances in mitigating its onset, such as avoiding obesity and diabetes. Photo: Shutterstock
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, has no cure and forecasts estimate cases will rise to 139 million by 2050 – but there are advances in mitigating its onset, such as avoiding obesity and diabetes. Photo: Shutterstock
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World Alzheimer’s Day: what you can do about dementia, from changing your lifestyle to lower your risk of getting it to spotting the warning signs in older people

  • A dozen Alzheimer’s risk factors – including smoking, drinking, obesity and isolation – are easily modifiable. Change your habits while you still have time
  • With cases set to rise sharply, doctors hope we will develop drugs to manage the disease. In the meantime, learn to see signs of it in older relatives or friends

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Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, has no cure and forecasts estimate cases will rise to 139 million by 2050 – but there are advances in mitigating its onset, such as avoiding obesity and diabetes. Photo: Shutterstock Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, has no cure and forecasts estimate cases will rise to 139 million by 2050 – but there are advances in mitigating its onset, such as avoiding obesity and diabetes. Photo: Shutterstock
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, has no cure and forecasts estimate cases will rise to 139 million by 2050 – but there are advances in mitigating its onset, such as avoiding obesity and diabetes. Photo: Shutterstock
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