Dementia - JSNA

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With an estimated 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK in 2015, dementia represents a major public health challenge here and worldwide. At present there is no cure and limited effective treatments for dementia. However, a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, managing conditions like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure and avoiding smoking and excessive drinking can reduce risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia (UK Health Forum, 2014). A clear message of 'What’s good for your heart is good for your head' is needed throughout preventative public health interventions and campaigns to improve public understanding of how people can reduce their risk of developing dementia.(Source: Alzheimer's Society)

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