Dementia causes many symptoms that affect memory and other cognitive functions, and there are numerous risk factors for the condition. Some are unavoidable, such as age or a family history of the disease. However, many others may be manageable. Research shows that combatting these risk factors can positively affect even people with a significant genetic risk for dementia.

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1. Diet and Exercise

Research shows that diet can play an important role in developing or preventing dementia. People who have unhealthy diets are more likely to develop dementia than those consuming nutritiously diverse produce, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Low levels of vitamins B6, B12, and D, and a lack of exercise, can also increase the risk.

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