August 10, 2014

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1 Dementia Risk Linked to Lifestyle, Not Race

Previous analyses of mental health data have suggested that non-Latino whites are less likely to suffer from dementia than other races or ethnic groups, but a new study by researchers at the University of Victoria and the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center concludes that lifestyle differences, not race or ethnicity, are the determining factors. The study, of over 300 white, black and Latino seniors of both sexes, found that whites did score higher on general knowledge memory and problem-solving, but when researchers controlled for childhood economic status and levels of literacy and physical activity as adults, the differences were either greatly diminished or eliminated altogether. Their conclusion: life experiences from childhood onward are key to one’s later cognitive abilities.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Middle Age Belly Fat Risk for Dementia

Tags: Causes of Dementia, Preventing Dementia, Factors Contributing to Dementia, Race and Dementia, Lifestyle and Dementia

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