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The three biggest risk factors for dementia

Researchers have identified modifiable factors like diabetes, air pollution, and alcohol as significantly increasing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease risks. Additionally, genetic factors affecting brain regions were noted, although they cannot be modified. The study emphasizes the complexity of these diseases and suggests healthy diet, active lifestyle, and social interaction as potential risk mitigators.

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Being a dog owner might lower your risk of dementia

Owning a pet, especially a dog, may lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to two studies. The studies found that pet owners experienced less decline in verbal memory and fluency, which are early indicators of these diseases. This suggests that having a dog or other pets could have long-term cognitive benefits.

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Chocolate does not prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Claims about chocolate enhancing heart health and cognitive function have been debunked. Clinical trials revealed that chocolate does not significantly prevent heart disease or improve cognition. Research conducted on over 2,000 adults found no beneficial effect of consuming cocoa on brain function, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease, disappointing those who believed in its implied health benefits.