Dementia PreventionImproving our understanding about the risk factors which contribute to the development of dementia
Research into dementia prevention include identifying the risk factors that contribute to dementia and assessing the extent to which reducing these factors reducing the likelihood that someone will develop dementia.
Risk factors of developing dementia are associated with a lower socio-economic status, as well as lifestyle factors including a poor diet, lack of social engagement and low levels of physical activity. In fact, it has been found that up to 30% of dementia could be preventable. In light this evidence, public health policies have been created, as well as international research studies, with the aim of reducing these risk factors, and consequently with the aim of preventing dementia.
What is the SDRC doing in the field of dementia prevention?
Scotland has an internationally recognised reputation in clinical trials relating to the risk factors and prevention of dementia and vascular disease. Centres of excellence in public health nutrition across Scotland have tested and saw benefits of risk reduction, particularly in four areas: dementia following stroke, in critical care, traumatic brain injury, and among patients with diabetes.
In particular, Scotland already leads and is associated with one of the largest prevention programmes ever: EPAD and as across the UK the PREVENT Dementia Programme already enjoys global recognition. These studies follow individuals who may not already have dementia, as part of a cohort study, to assess what factors may or may not have contributed to someone’s eventual diagnosis.
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